I used to own the same turntable set up for 3 years. Yup, the outrigger was not "balanced" and was tilted. Also, the antiskate was not used. Despite the "weird" set-up look, the turntable sounded fine.
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I second what Seeingeyedog posted. Have this arm today and the counterweight is always canted. Why should this be? I guess because the arm weight is not evenly distributed on either side of the pivot point. Perhaps more of the cartridge's weight is to one side of the center line because of the headshell offset? That said, i would not describe the difference as "way higher". But in the end, if you find equilibrium and your LPs play without any gross sonic defects, then it must be fine!
Thanks very much guys for your comments. "Way higher" was probably an overstatement, but what kind of 'audiophile' would I be if I didn't overstate tiny differences from baseline? ;-)
"Canted" - a much better way to describe. Just didn't want the nagging feeling I didn't have things optimized and was missing something in the set-up of this arm.
Thanks for the gut check.