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Shure SFG-2 Stylus Tracking Force Gauge

by Shure

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  • Shure Tracking Force Gauge measures force of turntable stylus
  • Precise, 0.05 gram increment scale measures force of stylus on record
  • Prevents mistracking, excessive record and tip wear, and poor sound reproduction
  • For use with all Shure and other brands of turntable stylus
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Shure SFG-2 Stylus Tracking Force Gauge + Shure M97xE High-Performance Magnetic Phono Cartridge + Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable in Silver
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Product Details

Product Manual [123kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 14 x 6 inches ; 2.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00006I5SD
  • Item model number: SFG-2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 8, 2004

Product Description

Shure SFG-2 Stylus Tracking Force Gauge


Shure's Highly Accurate Beam Balance

The Shure Model SFG-2 Stylus Tracking Force Gauge is a highly accurate beam balance that is designed for measuring stylus tracking forces from 0.5 to 3.0 grams in 0.05 gram increments. Its rolling bearing pin pivots are engineered for minimal friction. Each SFG-2 Tracking Force Gauge is factory calibrated.


Instructions:
  • Ensure that your turntable is on a level surface and that its platter is level.
  • Place the SFG-2 on your turntable platter so that the turn-table spindle fits into the vee notch of the SFG-2, as pictured above. For better stability, you may instead place the SFG-2 on top of an LP record. Temporarily set anti-skating controls on your turntable or tonearm to zero.
  • Position the sliding weight on the SFG-2 at the tracking force that you would like to set for your tonearm (measured in grams). For forces over 1.50 grams, set the weight to half the desired force.
  • Carefully lower the tonearm and cartridge so that the stylus rests in one of the grooves on the lever arm. If you dialed in the force desired, use the groove labelled “TIMES 1"; If you dialed in half the desired force, use the “TIMES 2" groove, as illustrated below.
  • Carefully lift the stylus out of the groove and adjust your tonearm's counterweight to reduce or increase the tracking force as necessary. Adjust the tracking force until the white pointers, visible in the mirror, are edge to edge.
  • When finished, reset any anti-skate adjustments according to your tonearm or turntable manufacturer's instructions.


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Customer Reviews

Simple device; easy to use.
Galenwill
I can easily say this gauge has saved me from buying a new cartridge that much sooner.
James
This tracking force gauge is very easy to use.
Maestro421

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By R. Ballard on September 29, 2005
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The Shure SFG-2 Tracking Force Gauge is a well-made precision device that gives you an accurate reading (within a 10th of a gram) of your tracking force. Even if you have a tonearm with a tracking force scale on the counterweight, this provides a much more accurate way of knowing exactly how much force is being exerted on your precious records.

The range of this gauge is any weight up to 3 grams. Unless you have a prehistoric phono cartridge (which you need to stop using!), or are using a specialty cartridge made for listening to 78s, it should fit the bill nicely.

The black body of the unit is made from a precision heavy plastic material that is extremely durable. The weight scale is metal. There is also a mirror with two white pointers. When the two pointers are aligned, the tracking force is indicated by the position of the sliding weight on the scale. It's packaged nicely with easy to follow instructions on it's use.

Some pricier digital scales are probably a bit more accurate, but when you get down to accuracy of 1/10th gram, that's splitting hairs. A highly recommended accessory for any vinyl lover.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By James on March 17, 2009
I wanted a tracking force gauge for some time, but never got around to buying one. I figured, hey, the counterweight on the tonearm is good enough, right? Boy, was I ever wrong. I discovered my tonearm was about three grams overweight! This tracking force gauge is pretty cheap insurance in my view. If I had any idea how far off the tonearm counterweight was, I would have bought one with my turntable. Please note, this is not a digital model and will not give you ultra-precise measurements. Shure has a gauge for that too, if you're willing to spend the money.

Description and Use: Balance scale just like at the gym. The unit is placed on the turnable mat extending from center to edge. The weight is adjusted from 1-3 grams. Tonearm is lowered and needle placed in the gauge groove. measurement taken. Tonearm lifted, tonearm weight adjusted. Repeat.

The stated tolerance on this gauge is +-0.1 grams. For the tech, that's pretty darn good, and for the price is outstanding. I can easily say this gauge has saved me from buying a new cartridge that much sooner. And heaven knows how much it has helped extend the life of my records.

Pros:
1. Value for dollar unsurpassed. Consumer reports best buy or Stereophile three dollar signs, take your pick.
2. Reasonable accuracy, especially for moving magnet cartridges, which seem (at least to me) less sensitive to weight differences than Moving coil. Your ears may vary.

Cons:
1. Balance point is a metal pin on a plastic platform. When I used it, because of such low weights (1-3g.), I sometimes questioned the accuracy of the device, as it seemed to get stuck at either end of the scale. A metal platform would reduce friction and (I think) have more accurate results.
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52 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Martin Reck on December 27, 2009
As mentioned in (surprisingly) only one review, this device is magnetic. I've had one for many years and only noticed this when I tried it with a moving coil cartridge. Perhaps this is why Shure sells this - they do not make moving coil cartridges. With a moving coil cartridge, not only would the results be extremely inaccurate, but there is a strong risk of damaging the cartridge irreparably.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Manuel Antonio L. Tamayo on April 29, 2009
Accurate! Compared it with an electronic force gauge for callibration. Difference is negligible. No need to spend more on those electronic gadgets.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Drastic on September 11, 2011
Those of us who are still playing LPs understand that digital is not always better. Then why do we succumb to the lure of a digital force gauge for our turntable setup? I did, and I can say that in my case it was the belief that "If it's more expensive and more complex then it must be better" ... compounded by a dose of "If it looks like a computer then it must be right". Well, I was stupid. For years, I used this balance-beam style of force gauge with perfectly good results.

Then I outsmarted myself by buying an Acoustech digital force gauge, that gave me a readout to the hundredth decimal place. Only after a long time, did I decide to test the accuracy of the Acoustech against the Shure gauge using a lab-calibrated weight. It turns out, those hundredth decimal place readings don't mean a d*** thing. Nor do the tenth decimal place readings. The Acoustech is built from the cheapest parts imaginable, and the strain gauge at its heart is sourced from a place that doesn't know the meaning of quality control. Therefore its readings are nearly random. Oh, and after a few years the electronics completely gave up and died.

Whereas, the Shure gauge is based on such simple principles of physics ... i.e. gravity ... that it's easy to build it to a high degree of accuracy. All one has to do is to make the balance beam longer, and it becomes more sensitive. Since there's minimal wear to the pivot point, in practice the parts never lose their precision. So while it looks crude to our 21st century eyes (accustomed as they are to electronics everywhere) the Shure gauge is actually the more accurate, and obviously it's the more reliable option. Used in various forms for centuries to measure everything from potatoes to gold, you can trust the balance beam gauge.

You do need a gauge of some kind to set up your turntable for the best sound. So buy this one and then get some LPs with the $ you saved.
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