I assembled my ATLP120 and it works quite nicely. One thing I couldn't completely figure out was the arm assembly. This is a picture of the resulting setup:
I have some vinyls that are not as flat as they should be and the needle skips. Is there a way to set up the arm so that is slightly "heavier"? The vinyl in question is new, just pressed (not a used vinyl or anything). Or should i just put the vinyl under some weight? It is a barely noticeable curvature.
asked by M. Giraldo on February 26, 2012
First, you must decide which is more important...Saving and playing warped records or the life of your entire collection!! Maybe you should invest in a second cart and headshell so you can choose when to play warped records. Or, you could use the time tested method of a penny or a dime taped to the headshell. After a few plays you will notice what appears to be a whitish color in the grooves...and a shhhhhh sound, That is your music being dug and scraped out by the heavy tracking force of the stylus. I think keeping your records separated into flat and warped and using two headshell/stylus combinations is the way to go.<Get a cheaper cartridge-stylus combination. A set up for 45's would be a good bet...The larger stylus may fit the record grooves better. > Also, try washing your records and gently scrubbing the grooves with a med soft toothbrush. Go with the groove and not against it. Try this: Take a warped record that seems to be a loss ...Fill a sink with hot tap water, just hot enough to feel the heat, ( Not too hot or you will make it worse, the record will curl! A friend of mine had pretty good success with a hair dryer.) place the record in the water for about five minutes...Remove from the water, quickly dry and place on a flat surface with a weighted flat surface on top. (Two pieces of flat glass or plastic are perfect.) and allow record to cool thoroughly. Repeat as is necessary...after awhile the record will come back closer to flat, at least flat enough so that it can be rescued by copying to a CD. Also, Go on line and find a commercial record cleaning fluid to lube the grooves after washing them with dish soap; that may help with the skipping problem.
As far as the arm is concerned, just adjust the counter weight until the arm "Floats" balanced then add one more click to let the stylus settle to the record surface.