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Old 10th November 2009, 03:56 PM   #1
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Default Is my Mayware headshell bent?

I just bought a nice looking Mayware Formula 4 Mk3 on ebay and it arrived superbly packaged and is in seemingly good condition. However, I've noticed that the headshell bends up slightly in the middle. This would result in the cartridge not being completely horizontal if the arm tube itself is completely horizontal.

I've queried this with the seller and he has explained to me this this is how it was made and I should not try to bend it straight. If this is true, then surely the arm cannot be designed to run completely parallel to the platter.

Can someone help me with a second opinion here. Is this by design or is it simply bent?

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Old 10th November 2009, 04:04 PM   #2
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Does it look like this?
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Old 10th November 2009, 06:31 PM   #3
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Hey Cal,

Yea, that's exactly how it looks. Ok, so it looks like a design feature. Thanks a lot - saves me from doing something stupid.

Following through my logic, I guess VTA adjustments would have to take this curve into consideration. I'm planning to use a DL103 which is a pretty large cartridge. It'll be interesting to see how it sits when it's all set up. Does anyone have any advice on VTA adjustment with this arm?

FYI, I'm new to the forum. I've been playing around with Hi-fi all my life and this is going on my latest project: I'm making a solid plinth in chestnut for my Grandfather's Lenco GL75 and I'm interested in giving the Mayware a try. Really looking forward to getting it all put together.

Current system:
Thorens TD150 + SME 3009 + DL103
Keith Aschenbrenner MC transformer
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Rogers HG-88 Mk 2 tube amp
Rogers Ls2/a2 speakers

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Old 11th November 2009, 03:25 AM   #4
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Every Mayware I've seen has the top surface of the headshell parallel to the arm tube. I.E. I have not seen one bent up. Mine wasn't.
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Old 11th November 2009, 03:58 AM   #5
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None of mine are bent up either, but none are Mk III either.

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Old 12th November 2009, 01:20 PM   #6
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Mine looks like Cal's but the top of the shell is flat, parallel to the arm tube. I use a DL-103, too.
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Old 12th November 2009, 07:41 PM   #7
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It sounds like the consensus is that it should be flat, then.

@Cal - do you have any comments on the picture? I know that perpective can be deceptive, but that picture definitely shows the headshell bending up at a slight angle.

...Or am I going mad??

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Old 13th November 2009, 03:55 PM   #8
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But why would one want to bend it, anyway - and how?
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Old 13th November 2009, 04:43 PM   #9
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Google was my friend.

I have no idea whether it is bent up or if the section that looks bent is off set and is simply a perspective thing. I just went looking for one to help speed up an answer for you.
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The Mk III manual does not have a clear picture and the angle from which the one picture i found is not an appropriate perspective to tell.

An angled headshell would move the pivot point higher for more stability.

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