I bought one for my Basis and immediately sold it. I think they may be great for cartridges with the cantilevers sticking out in front like Lyra or Clearaudio, but it was impossible for me to use it with my Transfiguration, which has a tiny cantilever tucked well under the body. I'm sure it can be done, but not by me. Not a knock against the product, just a little info to potential buyers.
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About the Mint
It’s very accurate. It’s very difficult to use. It works.
I found out the hard way that the spindle to pivot distance must be dead on exact or the alignment will be off. At about 2 mm long the symptoms were: the stylus could not be made to trace the arc exactly - only very, very closely - and the azimuth could not be set simultaneously at each null point. Lots of sibilance.
Never tried the Mint. Have always had success with the Goedisc. Just bought the SME and thought it was going to be a pain to set up, but was surprised when it went very smooth. Initially I was going to bring it in to have it installed, but thought I should at least give it a shot. Was easier than I expected.
I have a mint that came with my tonearm (bought here on the 'Gon) and found it perfectly clean and smudge free. It is very accurate so it seems. Other options are Ken Wills's Accutrak http://http//www.accutrak.us
These are printed on a plastic card stock that is slightly soft and slippery. Custom made and cheaper than the Mint. I like the one he did for me for my SME-V. Has three different alignment schemes and doesn't require you to guess where the tonearm pivot point is. I like his over the free one on VE because I don't have to cut that stinking spindle hole out which I believe is hard to do accurately.
I have the SME factory protractor. Problem one is the pinhole is not in the center of the printed cross. So that leaves a question. Use the pinhole or the printed lines? I contacted SME and got the answer yes the pinhole in the cross is correct. I bought a second one and it was the same. Got similar answer to my repeat question. Problem two is that you are looking at the protractor from above it and my access is somewhat limited . A little parallax really screws up this design. Oh yes, if your cartridge is of non standard mounting hole to stylus distance, the way you come sate is to estimate if the arm is equidistant from the printed lines. Not the best.