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This Cartidge is as Good or Better thatn ones costing 3 or 4 times as much. .. Also. . Fix if it touches the record surface.
on December 20, 2013
This cartridge will work just fine on MOST turntables using the 1/2" mounting adapter. On those that have an issue of the bottom of the cartridge body hitting the record surface. . . it is usually because the turntable had no, or very poor VTA (Vertical Tracking Angle) adjustment. Also, this cartridge has a pretty high "compliance" so even when tracked at 1.25g to 1.5g, it rides pretty low as the tracking force compresses the rubber cantilever pivot quite a bit. This is not unusual and some other more costly cartridges have stylus assemblies that also ride very low to the record surface. The high compliance contributes to it's excellent sound.
There is a very simply solution I have used. To remedy this, all you have to do is cut out a small piece of "cereal box cardboard" shim in the form of a little rectangle or trapezoid shape, about 3/8"x 3/8" in size. I use the trapezoid shape. You can then mount the cartridge, but do not tighten the screws all the was on the 1/2" mounting adapter. With the adapter mounting screws loose, you simply slide the tiny piece of cardboard under the front edge of the 1/2" black mounting adapter enough to lower the front edge down a bit. This essential tilts the front down and rear of the cartridge up a bit. You can experiment and see how much you need to slide the cardboard under the mounting adapter, then tighten the screws. Try it then on a record and usually you will see you have a perfect angle with no bottoming. Very rarely, you may have to use two layers of cardboard "shims" to get te good Vertical Tracking Angle.
I've used this cartridge on 7 turntables so far. Only one needed the "shim" under the front. It depends on your cardige head and some turntables are designed to "stack" records or need a thicker mat. check if your turntable HAS the proper mat thickness that was original. If not. .. . vertical tracking angle is off.