Positioning a cartridge in the tonearm headshell

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I have just bought a new cartridge for my old Technics SL3200. An Audio Technica AT110E. My question is whereabouts on the headshell should the cartridge sit? There are slots in the headshell to allow the cartridge to move backwards and forwards - towards or away from the tonearm. At the moment it sits at the most forward position. Does it actually matter where it sits?
 

Andrew Everard

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Yes it does matter: it'll affect the stereo sound delivered by the cartridge and more to the point could lead to permanent record damage if it's set up wrong.



You really need a cartridge alignment gauge or protractor to set up the cartridge: there are various kinds available, either commercial products or as downloads you can print out, cut out and use.
 

Amyl Right Mate

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Does that TT come with the standard Technics removable headshll à la the SL1200 / 1210..? There is a specific headshell alignment tool for the 1200 headshell. Not sure if your TT/headshell would use the same tool...
 
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Anonymous

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Thanks for the quick response. Very useful advice. However, as my hands are getting shakey these days, I found it difficult enough to get the cartridge on in the first place. I think that this job would be best handled by a dealer.
 
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Anonymous

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On second thoughts, I think I will have a go. It looks simple enough. The following link is very useful

[But also in contravention of House Rules - Mods]. Just cut out he spindle hole and away you go.
 

Jason36

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andyh2451 said:
On second thoughts, I think I will have a go. It looks simple enough.
Also Vinylengine have a variety of free downloadable allignment protractors...have a look on the website. Just make sure that wichever one you use...it is the right size and doesnt need enlarging etc.
 

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