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    is it one that requires you line it up with the center of your tonearms pivot point?
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    Yes, but Acoustical Systems make that easier by placing a circular 'bomb sight' on top of the pivot rod, making it easier to identify the correct pivot point on the arm.

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    I must say this looks like an excellent alignment solution and when the cost of turntable, arm and cartridge are considered the cost does not seem unreasonable. I can testify that getting the alignment of ones cartridge correct (not just 'pretty good') does make a clear difference.

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    one mans pretty good may be anothers crap, or very good
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    I've never been happy aligning carts, ever, whether with feickert or any other tool. I've always had to retweak afterwards until the smartractor. It took me around 15 mins as it was the first time I'd used it - and there's something clever about the etched markings that make it childs play to very accurately line up the cantilever. I sat down to listen and had an instantly stable soundstage, no off centre sibilants (my pet hate) and absolute balance.

    I think if you're messing around with carts over 3k you owe it to them to get it right and allow them to strut their stuff as intended.

    Yes bloody expensive - but so is a 90 fuse!
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    Quote Originally Posted by farflungstar View Post
    I've never been happy aligning carts, ever, whether with feickert or any other tool. I've always had to retweak afterwards until the smartractor. It took me around 15 mins as it was the first time I'd used it - and there's something clever about the etched markings that make it childs play to very accurately line up the cantilever. I sat down to listen and had an instantly stable soundstage, no off centre sibilants (my pet hate) and absolute balance.

    I think if you're messing around with carts over 3k you owe it to them to get it right and allow them to strut their stuff as intended.

    Yes bloody expensive - but so is a 90 fuse!
    Probably right if your using expensive gear then its not expensive really. If your happy spending 3grand on a cart then you should use the best for your piece of mind if nothing else. Ive been doing it my way for 30 years now and its always worked to my satisfaction. My records and stylus are all fine and the sound is good. Anyone whos heard it would i think agree. There has always been many ways to skin a cat.
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    here's an idea,why dont we all chip in a buy it for forum members to use,it can be passed around and used between members and when not in use can be sent back to a mod or marco if they are in agreement,that way we get a expensive product for a little outlay??
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M speakers,Pioneer PLC-1700, direct drive turntable, Townsend Elite rock 2 turntable,,Alphason HR-100S-MCS tonearm,Decca C4E cartridge ,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    here's an idea,why dont we all chip in a buy it for forum members to use,it can be passed around and used between members and when not in use can be sent back to a mod or marco if they are in agreement,that way we get a expensive product for a little outlay??
    I like this. Group funding

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    I thought of suggesting that before I bought it but being in Spain didn't think it was a good idea
    Technics SP10 mk2
    Jan Allaerts MC 1 Boron mk1 cart
    Miyajima Shilabe cart
    Hashimoto HM-X SUT
    Siggwan (gimballed not unipivot) Cocobola 12"
    Aurorasound Vida LCR Phonostage
    The Truth linestage
    Dave Slagle Autoformer Volume Controller
    Cary 805c SET amps
    Audio Note ANe-SPX speakers
    Townshend Isolda speaker cables
    Cardas Golden Presence interconnects

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    here's an idea,why dont we all chip in a buy it for forum members to use,it can be passed around and used between members and when not in use can be sent back to a mod or marco if they are in agreement,that way we get a expensive product for a little outlay??
    Great idea, I'm in.

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