Shure SFG-2 Stylus Tracking Force Gauge
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- 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
- Tracking force is measured with tone arm in actual playing position.
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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 .05 gram increments. Its rolling bearing pin pivots are engineered for minimal friction. Each SFG-2 Tracking Force Gauge is factory calibrated.
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I've used digital scales and have compared them to the SFG-2, the truth is, the SFG-2 is very accurate and as it states provides accurate resolution up to a 10th of a gram. The reason I've decided to use the SFG-2 over digital meters is really very simple,
1. Its as basic a concept as you can have when it comes to weighing scales, yet provides a very high level of accuracy.
2. Additionally, I don't have to worry about the type of cartridge I'm using as it works with both MM & MC.
3. No need to every worry about batteries.
4. And last, but not the least, I don't have to worry about the sensor getting damaged.
I'm not against digital scales, I'll only recommend that you don't use them alone, use the SFG-2 in tandem or as a backup and you'll have more success and reliability in your cartridge setup process.
The reason I docked a star is for the way the counter-weight is setup, it's not snug on the scale and tends to move even when you're balancing the tonearm, had this been better implemented, this scale would be perfect!
The user could probably get it wrong by as much as 2/10ths of a gram, simply due to variations in interpreting what is "balanced.
This gauge seemed to respond better to my Audio Technica ATLP 120 tonearm than it did with the setup on my Project Carbon. On my Project TT, small adjustments of the counterweight did not seem to affect the gauge.
This gauge is overpriced by about 10 to 15 dollars.
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It measures the pressure with the arm at the same height as a record - the cheap digititals have thick bases so the arm is tilted slightly upwards which can have a significant effect on the reading.
It's a simple and effective mechanical design - no electronics to go wrong and no batteries.
It's made and calibrated in the UK and from the tests I've read its reliably accurate to at least 0.05g. I've also read reports that the cheapo digital scales can give you a reading to three decimal places that is wildly inaccurate, some were a gramme or more out!
All in all I feel that it's a nice robust reliable piece of kit and I'm confident that my Turntable is now set-up correctly.
Wiegebereich 1 (äußere Rille) 0g - 1,5g
Wiegebereich 2 (innere Rille) 1,5g - 3,0g
Mehr braucht es nicht um die korrekte Auflagekraft des Tonarms einzustellen oder zu überprüfen. Ohne elektronischen Schnickschnack ist das Gerät jederzeit einsatzbereit und leicht zu bedienen.
Jeder der das Funktionsprinzip einer mechanischen Waage verstanden hat kann das Gerät auf Anhieb bedienen. Die ausschließlich in Englisch beigefügte Bedienungsanleitung ist auch ohne Englischkenntnisse anhand der Bilder leicht verständlich.