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I hate to overstate the obvious, but it's probably time you learned to do it yourself. All of us, at some point, had to learn this vital aspect of vinyl listening.
Get yourself a good quality alignment tool, such as a MintLP protractor, follow the instructions. Take time to hear what each change in set-up results in. You will eventually become proficient at it, and will no longer have to depend on what sounds to be a less-than-reliable source of cartridge set-up service.
Having this ability adds to the enjoyment of this format, as in many discplines, proficiency makes for confidence, and a sense of pride. Go for it.
the 10x5 is gone. thanks for the responses guys. is the VPI jig a decent alignment tool?"
Yes. You should have no problem setting a cart up yourself. I have 2 Scouts and had the 10x5. Just take your time and be careful. The thing to be most careful with is using the arm. Its great in that the design allows the arm to just come off by unplugging the cable, but you need to be really careful any time you're near it because there's nothing to steady the arm and a small bump can do a lot of damage. That's how the shop broke you're original cart. Either that or they tried lowering the arm to play a record by hand.
Also be very careful of the inverted bearing. Unless you are looking to confirm that you're fingers still have bones in them, its best not to touch it. Its incredibly sharp.
I think the only thing you'll need to buy is a scale. I think the one I have is made by Shure and its not expensive. I'm guessing around $20. Its a great TT. Once you set it up, you'll be very happy with it.
The first thing you should do is make sure the surface the turntable and motor is on is level. Then make sure the turntable is level by putting the level on the platter and rotating it to make sure it is level in all directions. Then, the VPI jig should do just fine. Take your time and between the VPI jig and stylus tracking force guage, you should be able to get it close enough. If you can make it to Axpona in Chicago, stop by and I will show you.
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