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All good input, thank you. Good point in the tomearm length as my VPI set up manual doesn't state which arm it is. I've seen it published elseware as the JMW 10. I will measure and verify.
I called VPI and they confirmed the paper alignment tool is supplied with the current Classic. Wow that's a bummer because I wouldn't trust a piece a paper to properly align anything other than a shopping list. I gave them the serial number and VPI stepped up to the plate and is sending me a "no cost" metal jig ...read zero dollars! They didn't even ask for shipping! Talk about customer satisfaction...
I'll keep you guys posted after I get everything set up and playing right.
"I gave them the serial number and VPI stepped up to the plate and is sending me a "no cost" metal jig ...read zero dollars! They didn't even ask for shipping!"
I thought that might me the case. VPI is an excellent company, but they have a lot of dealers. Some good, and some not so good. A few dealers were pulling the alignment tools out of the boxes and selling them separately. Its not VPI's fault, of course, but its nice to see they did the right thing and just gave you a new one.
Dear @wec56 / @stereo5 : """ read zero dollars! They didn’t even ask for shipping! Talk about customer satisfaction ... """"
""" That’s what I call excellent customer service... """
It’s incredible those kind of sentences on a reputated audio manufacturer as VPI where for me it’s a " shame " for VPI that somewhere exist a thread like this because the minimum tool that any tonearm must be accompanied is a " decent " tonearm JIG for tonearm and cartriudge set up and VPI just does not make it that. I repeat shame of VPI for this fact, it's a VPI's OBLIGATION to do it because it's a main/critical subject, makes no sense to me but this is the high end and part of the corrupted AHEE ! ? ! ? ! ? !!!!!.
Why almost all audiophiles bougth at least one after market tonearm/cartridge set up JIG when should be an OBLIGATION that each tonearm manufacturer deliver the tonearm along an accurate JIG ?, again because that AHEE.
Regards and enjoy the music,
I'm so glad things worked out for you! And that they are sending you the gauge for free. My Scout came with a free metal jig when it was new. I had a very bad experience with VPI, I sent my 16.5 cleaning machine back for repair and never got it back! Long story. ANyway, the paper jig they included may not be good, but there is certainly nothing wrong with a good paper jig!
I did my reading and studied up on tonearm alignment, and anyone with a metric ruler and an exacto knife and a 1/4 inch hole punch can make your own template that is every bit as exact as any metal or plastic or glass template made. There are several alignments to be had. It slips my mind, but they are centered differently, as to where the two points are where the arm is parallel to the spindle. I took card stock and a metric ruler and made my own template that was exact to the width of a razor blade, and tried different alignments, I've still got them pressed in a book around here somewhere. But if you Google "Tonearm Alignment", it will give you a wealth of information on the subject. I mentioned making my own templates on Micheal Fremer's forum and was completely ostracized! There is no magic to aligning a tonearm, the only thing about a metal or plastic template is that it's a bit more robust, and takes up more storage space. I do like the ones with a mirror under the needle, that makes squaring up the cantilever a bit easier to see.
I understand the metal VPI jig for the JMW 10/10.5 arms and the Mint LP protractors set the cartridges in very very very similar positions, just the Mint LP puts the needle point just a hair back, one the same forward/back line... has that been others’ experience as well (for those who have a VPI jig and also a Mint)?