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Old 22nd March 2008, 01:08 PM   #1
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Default Free Cartridge Alignment Tool + Speed Discs

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Was e-mailing a friend who was having troubles aligning his turntable's cartridge and realized it has been a long, long time since i posted about the free cartridge alignment tool and free platter speed discs. He is active on a few discussion boards and guess it is time for a friendly reminder of the free stuff on the site. Hope posting this is ok?
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Old 22nd March 2008, 01:11 PM   #2
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More than OK. Many thanks!
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Old 22nd March 2008, 04:11 PM   #3
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Just to mention, note that the 45 rpm @ 50 Hz strobe disk has 133 lines. Using this for checking speed gives you 45.11 rpm. Not a major issue and the commercial strobe disks have the same error.

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There was a post a few months back that be worthwhile to post again for the Michael Fremer 21st Century Vinyl guide to turntable set-up. This is a rentable video

There are some embeded PDF files that you need to dig out from the opening menu that illustrate turntable and cartridge set-up.

Thanks for the above link enjoythemusic1!

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Old 24th March 2008, 01:35 PM   #5
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Many thanks guys. Pjotr, yes it is ever so slightly off, but as you said so are commercial ones. The cartridge alignment tool, wow, must have given away over 15,000 printed versions are i stopped counting the pdf file downloads a long while ago. Always glad to give away free stuff to vinyl enthusiasts
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Old 25th March 2008, 01:57 AM   #6
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Many thanks, I downloaded both disks and the alignment tool!
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Originally posted by Pjotr
Just to mention, note that the 45 rpm @ 50 Hz strobe disk has 133 lines. Using this for checking speed gives you 45.11 rpm. Not a major issue and the commercial strobe disks have the same error.
Actually, it's not an error. In 60Hz countries, "45" really is 45, for exactly the strobe reasons you point out. The standard in 50Hz countries is that "45" is actually 45.11. Presumably, you weren't expected to break the publishing oligopoly's regional divisions (does this sound familiar?) by importing USA 45s into the UK or vice versa. Besides, nobody is going to hear a 0.24% error and only a crystal-based strobe would show it; mains frequency (specified to be +/- 1%) certainly wouldn't.
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