Mimt LP Protractor VPI Scoumaster Set Up Tool

Category: Analog

I ordered Yips’ Mint LP Tractor after some suggestion by fellow ‘Goners when I was seeking advice for a cartridge upgrade for my VPI Scoutmater/JMW9. The cost was $110, which included the protractor (made specific for my TT/Arm combination), a lighted 3X magnifying glass, a 10X Lupe magnifying piece (an option), and insured shipping from Hong Kong to my home.
Yip communication was excellent and my Tractor arrived in about 2 weeks. I waited for a day when I had enough time to set up my new cart properly (an Zyx Airy 3), with no worries of being rushed. I made sure I had 4-6 hours to move my TT to a well lit area, level it, set it up, move it back to its’ “home”, re-level, and listen.
It turned out it only took me about 3 hours for the whole task. But I was still glad I was not rushed.
First I checked my alignment with the VPI alignment tool that came with my Scoutmaster. It was right on.
Using the Mint Tractor there was a slight variance. It took me a while to get the hang of how to hold and use the Lupe, relax my eyes, and perfect my work. It was tedious, but not miserable or overly dificult. The alignment is VERY ACURATE. It seems this is a tool for audiophiles who want perfection, as apposed to those who want a quick set up. Even so I believe a patient novice could use this tool and achieve perfection (thanks to Yips’ tips and photos). Most in this hobby should be willing to do the work (IMHO).
Boy, is it worth it. After setting my TT up back in its’ home and listening a bit I was rewarded with a new sound that is more relaxed, better defined, more detailed, smoother. It really maximized what my TT/Arm/Cart combination can do. The differences are both subtle and profound. This is a tool I will not do without. Thank you Yip for your wonderful product and great service.
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What material in the Mint Tractor made from? How thick is it?
I own a MintLP. It's made of glass with a thin plastic overlay printed with the protractor markings (about the thickness of Scotch tape...but it's not Scotch tape material).

It's 1/8" thick.
The glass is actually a mirror, which is one of the things that makes its' measurement so perfect. It is thicker than most LP's, so you should raise your arm a bit to compensate for this during alignment, then return the arm to its' original height after set up.
Rather than raising my tonearm, and guessing, I remove my platter mat, which is about the same thickness as the MintLP. That way, the tonearm remains at the same height, thereby eliminating a variable.

Obviously, this technique only works if one's platter mat is the same thickness as the MintLP.
Rather than guessing you can measure...
Sure enough. Excellent point.

I'd rather remove the mat. One less thing to adjust/measure.

Just my preference.
Compared to the setting achieved with the VPI alignment tool, did you move the cartridge forward in the headshell or further back in the headshell? Also approximately how much in millimeters did you move it? Thanks, Bob
Forward, .125mm. (best guestimate) The marks on the Mint are so small you need magnification to see them. The mirror makes sure your eyes are aligned to measure (visually) properly.
Thanks Srwooten.

I just picked up one of these on Agon and I'm having a doozy of a time trying to figure out where the protractor's starting location should be. After reading the instructions, I gather that you basically place the diamond tip on the reference arc line closest to the inner spindle, then you place the diamond tip on the outermost part on the arc for the outside of the platter. Is that correct?


The MintLP comes with extremely detailed, easy-to-follow instructions. Follow them carefully.

If you purchased a MintLP without instructions, then get some from the MintLP website, or have the maker, Yip, mail you a set.

It's not a procedure someone else can easily describe, IMO.

Outermost first, then innermost. Assuming your setting the effective length and overhang first, which you should.