I rake my cartridge down in the rear for best results. If you can do that it often give you less sibilance and better bottom end!This is called VTA.
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I think you are referring to Stylus Rake Angle (SRA). Much has been written about this over the years and a 2 degree angle from vertical is usually recommended.
In looking at the linked illustration the angle labeled SRA would be 88 degrees. The top of the stylus would be leaning to the left.
With more advanced stylus types (shibata, ect.) the cut of the diamond determines the angle and just setting the arm up parallel to the top of the platter to start is the way to go.
Spend some time raising or lowering the arm (VTA) to get the proper setup.
Thanks for the input. I have tried in the past to get the stylus as close to perpendicular as possible, but the height of the cartridge along with the angle of the cantilever makes it nearly impossible to achieve this. I have increased the tracking force to the high end of the recommended range to help with this also, but still can't get there. I lowered the tail end of the tonearm as low as it can go; there reaches a point where the tail end is so low, that the lever used to raise the tonearm can not raise the stylus off of the record. I am considering creating a piece to extend the height of the platform that raises the tonearm so that I can lower the VTA more.
Jwglista,I use Scotch electrical tape.I start with pulling from the roll,then fold it at 1/4" lengths,or longer if desired.Keep folding until desired thickness is reached.I use that for spacing.Sometimes when things don't sound right,I put a couple of layers on the arm before mounting cartridge. If both aren't completely flat,it acts like a gasket filler material,and keeps vibration(rattle) down between arm,and cartridge body.Its cheap,you could keep changing thickness,and it works for me.Use extra care in tightening the screws.I don't think you need it very tight.I never had one break,but heard others have.