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    Default Stylus Tracking Force Gauge

    I need to get both my turntables setup properly - don't have a gauge, they appear to be expensive - any reason why I couldn't use one of these? http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Precise-Digita...d=p3286.c0.m14

    Or, any other suggestions (I vaguely rememeber Marco mentioning a digital food scale from a Pound shop - but this looks like it would be smaller and easier to use?)
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    The magnets in your cartridge may well upset the instrument.

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    Why not, Alex... As long as it's non-magnetic, you should be fine

    What a bargain, eh, compared to an 'official hi-fi design'? It’s quite elegant looking, too.

    It always amazes me how products already sold in other markets gain a zero (or zeros) on the end of their price tags as soon as they are 'designed' (or should that be labelled) for the hi-fi market....

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    The magnets in your cartridge may well upset the instrument.
    Hi Dave,

    Would that not also apply to the ones from the Pound Shops? If so, it's not an issue with mine

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

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    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

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    Cheers chaps, must we worth a go then, for the money - I can always bung it back on ebay if it doesn't work (and I can be bothered about a tenner...) I'll order one and report back.
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    I have the one sold by Origin Live, Roksan etc, and am happy with it.

    What I would like to know is the importance of the height of the measuring surface. The OL gauge is set to roughly LP height, but that cheap eBay one is clearly set much higher. Does it matter; and if so is it arm-dependent? Where do potential errors arise, if at all?

    As I already have a suitable gadget, it's of academic interest to me, but for someone wishing to buy one, a technical explanation would be useful, if anyone has the expertise to comment!

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    No problems with my scales, stainless steel top plate.

    Stick some polystyrene foam (Erase Away from Wilkinsons) on the top plate with double sided tape, this hold the stylus and cleans it at the same time.

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    Hi Alex

    How will you know if the magnets in your cartridge are affecting the reading?

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    With 1/4 inch of foam the magnet adds 0.03grams.

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