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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??
    At rate some here change carts, it would never be out of their house. not naming any names like.
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    personally it seems to easy to use for me,i like to take at least 3 days to set my cartridge up,i love the tension headaches and constant going round in circles,its not right until my fingers and eyes bleed!
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    no off centre sibilants (my pet hate)

    This comment interests me as I sometimes get this but not on all LP's
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    personally it seems to easy to use for me,i like to take at least 3 days to set my cartridge up,i love the tension headaches and constant going round in circles,its not right until my fingers and eyes bleed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    i like to take at least 3 days to set my cartridge up,i love the tension headaches and constant going round in circles,its not right until my fingers and eyes bleed!
    Takes me about ten minutes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Takes me about ten minutes!
    yeah but your ears are f**ked!
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Takes me about ten minutes!
    Same here. Its not rocket science.. well maybe 15 these days .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Audio Al View Post
    no off centre sibilants (my pet hate)

    This comment interests me as I sometimes get this but not on all LP's
    This is sometimes an issue with the recording but more often than not it's a sign that alignment, azimuth is off slightly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ammonite Acoustics View Post
    My hosting provider is a little slow, but my website loads up fine for me. Take a look at Michael Fremer's article at http://www.analogplanet.com/content/...fPvdaFdZFqH.97 which shows the respective distortion plots. I'll disagree with his ultimate preference for Lofgren B over UNI-DIN - to my ears UNI-DIN gives a slightly preferable sound. UNI-DIN is only available using a SMARTractor, though, unless you care to reverse-engineer Acoustical Systems' calculations.
    Thanks Hugo. Looking at the distortion curves, I'll stick to using the Baervald (Loefgren 'A') prescription, as the distortion never exceeds (in the example show) 0.4%, whereas the UNI-DIN prescription causes the value to peak to 0.6%. It is, however a better method than Loefgren 'B', so I agree with you concerning Michael Fremer's preference.
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    If anyone is intersted, there is more about this on my Odyssey Tonearms blog.
    Look at the post on the Dennesen Sountractor (the Smartractor is a clone of this) and the post on Arm formulae from alignment nulls, and the one on Spindle sizes and small variations in overhang and offset.
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