Manual stylus gauge for simple and accurate adjustment of the tracking force.
I have recently got back into vinyl and had just bought a new cartridge for my SME III Thorens TD160 Super turntable. I wanted something that would check to see if the setting made on the tonearm were translated to the disc, so seeing the Thorens name, it seemed like an obvious choice and it was relatively inexpensive. The unit is a simple mechanical balance, initially I did not find the instructions obvious (probably age related). I thought the large red section was important, but it is not. One just keeps placing the stylus on different points of the graduated plastic scale until the black section balances. This showed in my case that the 2g set on the arm recorded approx.1.8g on the stylus gauge. I don't know what the tolerances on this gauge or my arm settings are, so which is more accurate is difficult to say, I assume it would be this gauge and showed that I was close to the nominal tracking force for the cartridge.
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