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Old 3rd January 2011, 09:49 PM   #1
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Default Catridge alignment / overhang gauge? Who uses one?

I now do enough cartridge installation and tone arm set up that I am
considering buying a mechanical gauge to make it a quick job.
Does anyone have any recommendations?
I am thinking of something like this:

Clearaudio - CARTRIDGE ALIGNMENT GAUGE-Audio Advisor

Anyone use this or anything similar?

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Old 3rd January 2011, 09:53 PM   #2
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I don't have any experience with that particular one. It does seem rather expensive. I use a cart-align alignment protractor I've had for many years and which allows for a dual point alignment.
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Old 3rd January 2011, 10:41 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response. I have used the paper protractors but find
them tiresome and time consuming. All the mechanical tools are expensive, which
I can deal with, but was wondering if anyone has used one they really liked or disliked.
I'd hate to drop $275 on a tool that didn't do the job.
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Old 3rd January 2011, 10:47 PM   #4
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If you have autcad you can make one in about ten minutes. I'll make you one if you want. What is your spindle to pivot distance and what alignment do you want. I'll post a pdf of one. It will allow arc tracing and the two null point alingment lines for the cantilever.

P.S. It doesn't solve your mechanical need though
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Old 3rd January 2011, 11:14 PM   #5
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After years of getting frustrated with homemade and paper gauges, I recently forked out the dough for a feickert gauge. It's worth every penny - it would have saved me hours of crappy setup woes.

It's especially good with homemade tables and arms where you need to accurately set up pivot - spindle distance etc. Its quick, easy and accurate.
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Old 4th January 2011, 02:08 PM   #6
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I may have misspelled the name of this thing. It is no longer made, but works very well. It is a single point protractor that has a pointer that goes over the tonearm pivot, so it corrects for different spindle-to-pivot distances.
The only problem in using it is that the grid on which the stylus sits is molded plastic, rather than etched on perspex or something similar.
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Old 4th January 2011, 02:11 PM   #7
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I just looked at the clearaudio. It is a refinement of the Denneson Soundtraktor (I had the name wrong). Should be dead easy to use. Your call as to whether the extra cash is worth the ease of use.
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If you have autcad you can make one in about ten minutes. I'll make you one if you want. What is your spindle to pivot distance and what alignment do you want. I'll post a pdf of one. It will allow arc tracing and the two null point alingment lines for the cantilever.

P.S. It doesn't solve your mechanical need though
SGregory could you do one for coolzero?

Effective tonearm length 8,6 " (218,5mm)
Effective tonearm mass 8,5g
Overhang 19mm

Thank you

Felipe
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Old 4th January 2011, 08:07 PM   #9
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SGregory could you do one for coolzero?

Effective tonearm length 8,6 " (218,5mm)
Effective tonearm mass 8,5g
Overhang 19mm

Thank you

Felipe
You know, a lot of printers aren't terribly accurate (i.e., they introduce significant distortion). I'd be suspicious of one prined from a PDF, no matter how accurate the "original". YMMV.

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Old 4th January 2011, 11:22 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the replies gents.
I should explain that I do repair and setup
as part of my work, so while I would rather not
spend oodles of cash, it would be a work expense
that would pay off eventually. The feickert gauge looks
like the best being offered.
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