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Old 25th May 2006, 10:48 AM   #11
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Originally posted by Netlist
I believe the TP16 headshell has fixed set screws.
My bad, that was the TP14 headshell.

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Old 25th May 2006, 05:28 PM   #12
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I have tried other records now, other than brand new (newly pressed) and I am getting alot of surface noise....aka drag sound (hrrrrrrrrr) constantly during the play of the used records. Will this go away when the cartridge breaks in? These records playing fairly quietly with my AT110E but not the Nagaoka MP11.

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Old 25th May 2006, 05:49 PM   #13
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Just how old was the AT110E and what tracking force did you use ?

(I may have some very bad news)

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Old 25th May 2006, 05:50 PM   #14
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I truly hope you didn't damage your records with the worn out stylus.

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Old 25th May 2006, 09:07 PM   #15
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Here is the whole situation.

I am playing records which are used that were not played with the AT110E. Some are records I used with this cartridge.

I am wondering if my set up is ok.. I am using a tracking weight of 2.0 gms. Anti-skate is 1.5
I balanced the arm to the level of the record (free float) prior to setting the tracking weight. I think all should be in the ball park. I also used a protractor to align the cartridge. The arm sits parallel to the table, record surface, when playing.
Still this noise....even when my amplifier is only turned to 1/4 volume. The sound is like hearing the cartridge moving along in the groove. Dull and constant. Not audible when music is very loud.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 26th May 2006, 10:04 PM   #16
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Default Re: Fixed - thanks for the help!

Originally posted by thorens309
I ended up purchasing a new cartridge...and voila...sonic bliss. The cartridge i got was a Nagaoka MP-11 (new stock)...and does this thing match up well with the TP-16 arm! I am astounded with the improvement in sound....I find it to be much more musical than my old AT110E.

Anyway, thanks for your advice and happy spinning.

so anyway, what happened between sonic bliss and now?
You need to trouble shoot your system to sort out where the problem may be. Start with known good preamp and newest/bestest disc. Maybe take it to the shop where you bought your new cart to help you align it?
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Old 27th May 2006, 02:30 PM   #17
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Oh the music sounded fine, just this loud surface noise on some records. I went back over everything and decided to try turning the cartridge a little (maybe 0.5 mm), it was a little bit off from the protractor. That was IT! I also slightly increased the anti-skate.

No more trouble....Thanks so everyone for the help, and for putting up with a cartridge installation newbie.
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Old 27th May 2006, 03:45 PM   #18
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0.5mm converted to an angular tracking error does not cause the symptoms you were describing.

What else did you disturb/reconnect when you alter the tracking angle?
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Old 27th May 2006, 04:46 PM   #19
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Could it have been as simple as one of the cart connection wires dragging on the disc?
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