FAQ: Turntable Setup Guide Info Thread

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  1. Black Hoodie

    Black Hoodie Well-Known Member

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    Please add your Turntable Setup Questions, Posts, Tips, etc. here.
     
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    Black Hoodie Well-Known Member

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    Setting/Checking Vertical Tracking Force (VTF). Easy. Difficulty Level 2-5. Patience, preciseness, practice. Just be aware that cantilevers are delicate and can break if you are not careful with setup, testing, and cleaning.

    I suggest even checking your current VTF to make sure nothing is off from shipping /setup, etc and to get into practice. After that checking it once a month for good measure along with other turntable maintenance, cleaning, etc. is a good idea.

    Each Cartridge/Stylus has it's own factory recommended VTF range. So you should check VTF with any change. Sometimes you may want to run a little over or under based on your rig, listening tests, etc.

    Pickup a Shure Tracking Force Scale (about $25) or a Digital Scale ($10-15) on Amazon, Ebay, or your favorite record store/music shop. @HiFi Guy and others here will have good digital scale suggestions.

    Uturn Orbit Setup Guide (VTF instruction at the bottom):
    https://uturnaudio.com/blogs/uturn/how-to-change-your-turntables-phono-cartridge



     
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    Changing a Grado Prestige Stylus, Easy, 2 out 5 difficulty IMO. See video below.

     
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    A couple of tips-

    Make sure your platter is level both front to rear and side to side.

    Always set your tracking force before aligning your cartridge. If you align first, your overhang will change slightly when you change tracking force.
     
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    One more tip:

    If the cartridge you are installing has seperate nuts and bolts, get some blue painter's tape. Take a small strip and either:

    Tape the bolt where it goes on the cartridge. Use your finger from underneath to keep the bolt stationary.

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    Fold the strip back on itself to make a circle. Stick the bottom to your finger. Place the bolt on the top and raise it from underneath to mate with the top mounted bolt.

    If you get any unsightly adhesive residue on your cartridge body, it can be removed with a Q Tip slightly dampened with isopropyl alcohol. Use very gentle strokes and the adhesive will come off.
     
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    I’m gonna need pictures. I’ve read this several times and don’t get it.
     
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    I didn't take pictures when I did it and am not taking the cartridge off to take pictures.

    You could also put something sticky on your fingertip and stick the nut to your fingertip to hold it in place until the bolt grabs the threads.
     
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    I'm looking at a friend's TT that he got 2nd hand. There's no cartridge on it. Will these wires connect directly to the pins on the cartridge or am I missing a piece in between. My U-Turn/Grado have long metal pins coming out of the back.

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    They'll connect directly. It's easiest to loosely mount the cartridge with one bolt then connect the wires.
     
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    Thanks! I've never fully set up a tone arm before so I'm sure I'll be checking in with some more questions if he wants me to go ahead with it. Unfortunately I can't even really tell if it's working properly because the belt snapped as soon as I tried to put it back on.
     
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