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    I'm setting tracking force with digital scale, should anti-skate be on or set to zero ?
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    I always set the bias to zero when doing tracking force as I find the arm has a tendency to ''wander'' otherwise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prestonchipfryer View Post
    I always set the bias to zero when doing tracking force as I find the arm has a tendency to ''wander'' otherwise.
    Agreed.
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    I don't have any anti-skate set on mine when I change VTF.

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    Anti skate should be off (0) when setting VTF.


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    Quote Originally Posted by worrasf View Post
    Anti skate should be off (0) when setting VTF.


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    Would this mean that the bias weight would be completely removed when setting the VTF for a tonearm such as the SME 3009?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon75 View Post
    Would this mean that the bias weight would be completely removed when setting the VTF for a tonearm such as the SME 3009?
    Yes, or at least lifted up so the nylon thread is slack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Yes, or at least lifted up so the nylon thread is slack.
    Cheers. They don't tell you this kind of thing in the manual!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon75 View Post
    Cheers. They don't tell you this kind of thing in the manual!
    Ah, but vertical tracking force can hardly be vertical with a sideways force acting on the arm. Probably wouldn't affect the tracking weight too much, but would make cuing onto scales a bit hit and miss (literally !).

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    Attempting to apply downforce with antiskating force still applied produces an angular force instead of a purely downwards one, meaning results cannot be accurate.

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