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AVID High Precision Mirrored Alignment Gauge (For SME Tonearms)
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AVID High Precision Mirrored Alignment Gauge (For SME Tonearms)

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£40.83 Exc. VAT |  


AVID High Precision Mirrored Phono Cartridge Alignment Tool (For SME arms)

For use with the following SME arms:

  • SME M2-9
  • SME 309
  • SME IV
  • SME V

Despite what some manufacturers claim, correct overhang length and alignment is critical to obtaining proper audio reproduction without distortion and avoiding unnecessary record and stylus wear. This is a precision task and cannot be done by eye or guess work alone.

While designing theit own arms, AVID developed a computer program to calculate optimum alignment, taking into account the arms correct geometry. Every radial tracking arm with differing geometry will have different null points (were distortion is zero) and whilst our universal alignment gauge will be very accurate, the arm specific alignment gauges are 100% precise to the arm involved.

The mirrored surface makes all measurements easier and more accurate. The mirror's parallax effect allows the elimination of sighting errors, and provides better lighting, critical in making fine adjustments on small parts. The two null points on the specific alignment tools are surrounded by parallel lines, making cartridge body alignment, both front and rear very precise and the long 'tail' alignment line is extended so that the stylus itself can be checked and aligned in case of cartridge manufacturing errors.

Specific gauges also available for Linn and Rega arms.

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Calling all SME arm users
Thursday, 18 June 2020  | 

This protractor is the best available for the most popular 9" SME arms. It utilizes the null points specified by SME. It does not require to be moved when checking alignment. It is mirrored so allows for parallax and checking zenith and azimuth, (even though there isn't much adjustment available with these arms). It is about the same thickness as a 180g LP.
In use it proved to be very, very accurate*. My only criticism is that the null points are not dimpled. ( i did this myself with the aid of a powerful loupe and a map pin)**.
If you want to try alternate geometries you will need to look elsewhere and need deeper pockets; but, why would you want to do that?
Well done Avid and thank you AS for your prompt service.
* raising or lowering the arm by a fraction of a millimetre was discernible on this protractor, so it is good enough for tweaking.
**I'm getting on a bit and my eyes ain't what they used to be.

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Avid High Precision Mirrored Alignment Gauge (for SME Tonearm)
Monday, 13 January 2020  | 

The "Avid High Precision Mirrored Alignment Gauge (for SME Tonearm)" is a very precise and very well made template. Simple to use. I highly recommend it!

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AVID allignment gauge
Tuesday, 27 November 2018  | 

Used this to set up a Benz LP on an SME Series V. Only the third cartridge I've set up, and this tool made the process straightforward. Best of its kind I have used. Could be even better if there were a way to ensure accurate alignment of the gauge with the arm pivot. Worth the money for dedicated tool.

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Must have for every AVID owner
Friday, 22 July 2016  | 

Very easy to use and guarantees that you can get the best performance from your AVID turntable with SME tonearm.

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