Use a lighter cartridge while waiting? Did you try sliding the cartridge back all the way? It won't be in alignment but will work? Metal, Copper or lead washers may work?
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With the Sumiko headshell, whether you need the extra counterweight depends on the cartridge weight (duh!). I use it with a Denon DL-160, which is a fairly light cartridge at 4.8g, and I can *just* get by without the extra counterweight. Anything above 5g and you'll probably need it.
Even so, I generally use the extra weight anyway, which puts the larger calibrated counterweight closer to the pivot point. I like the sound slightly better that way.
Needle Doctor now offers a the Ortofon SH-4 Headshell, which looks like it would weigh less than the Sumiko but be more rigid than the stock Technics shell. But I haven't been able to get any info on its actual weight. It even costs less than the Technics.
For the azimuth hex screw, I've found that it can be quite sticky when trying to tighten it down, which becomes more problematic because the when you loosen the hex screw to make an adjustment, and then tighten it down. When you go to tighten the hex screw, this will put pressure on the headshell itself causing your 'fine adjustment' to go out of adjustment.
So I had some silicone spray on hand and took out the hex screw and gave it a small dose of silicone, now the hex screw is nice and smooth for tightening/loosening and does not stick.