We have truly universal two-point tools such as the Stupid Protractor, and tonearm specific types for Audiocraft, Helius, Heybrook, Linn, Rega and Thorens, all with easy to follow instructions detailing how to align a cartridge.

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To determine which protractor is suitable for your tonearm please read Seb's Protractor User Guide and please check scale carefully after printing and resize if necessary.

Tonearm Database Mounting dimensions and alignment data for most turntables and tonearms - the original and best! Overhang Shift Calculator Assess the effects of changing stylus overhang while keeping the original angle of the cartridge in the headshell. Simple, accurate and widely compatible. If you aren't sure which type to use and want a free alternative to the common shop bought designs, download this one.

Another universal protractor, this time using the Stevenson alignment method with null points at This is especially useful for arms which have limited room in the headshell slots and can't be aligned satisfactorily with a Baerwald type. Designed to allow users to align their cartridge at any two null points between 60 and mm. A quick and easy way for experimenters to judge the sonic merits of different alignment methods. For example, this could be used in conjunction with the tonearm database to compare the tonearm manufacturers alignment with the popular Baerwald type found in most aftermarket protractors.

A mirror protractor, a variation on the classic two-point protractor - suitable for experienced users only!

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Please Note The alignment curve on an arc protractor is only suitable for the stated mounting distance. Suitable for Linn tonearms mounted at mm mounting distance. Print on A3 sized paper. Includes integral strobe disc in 3 versions, 50Hz, 60Hz and Hz. Suitable for Rega tonearms only, mounted at exactly mm standard mounting distance. This single point design is especially quick and easy to use and includes an arc for rapid double checking. Suitable for Rega tonearms mounted at exactly mm standard mounting distance.

Identical to the Baerwald protractor above but designed using Stevenson null points which gives alignment closer to Regas and is useful when the headshell slots don't give enough room to align your chosen cartridge using the Baerwald design. Please check the tonearm database for the mounting distance of your arm before using this protractor. Also note that Technics arms do not use baerwald alignment as standard, so you may have to offset the cartridge in the headshell in order to align with arc.

Technics Arc Protractor Instructions. Suitable for those Thorens tonearms that have a mounting distance of exactly See enclosed instructions for compatible tonearms. After placing the stylus at the middle checking point, I move the stylus and it cannot follow the arc C C'. How to set the adjustment in P3?

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Anyone has the experience in it? Please share.Log in or Sign up. Steve Hoffman Music Forums. Location: North Carolina. This is for the Rega Planar 1 model. The Carbon cartridge is pretty decent but already thinking ahead to when the need for a replacement comes. My setup is modest and I'm not likely to upgrade anything other than the cart in the near future. Also, as to why the Rega is last in my list: I would much prefer something with a replaceable stylus instead of having to replace the whole cart down the line.

Location: Boston, MA. All of the listed cartridges have user-replaceable styli, so not to worry on that front.

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You have some nice carts on that list, all of which have fans and detractors. I've read Rega owners talk about Rega carts sounding great on Rega machines, and their mounting system makes them plug and play on Regas I believe. Location: Cape Cod, MA. Nag MP all the way!

Didn't even have to pause on this vote. CCrider92May 10, I think the pearl is a true hidden gem! IMO it is far more musical than any Rega cart i have had most Rega mm carts The pear is really musical and does not suffer from IGD and i would not swap it for anything else unless i was to consider something 4 times the price. A great cart for little money. Trust me. FishoutofwaterMay 12, Location: Parts Unknown.

I have a Bias 2 on my P1 and think that it sounds really good. That said, it was very, very difficult to install properly.

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Getting the cartridge aligned was a lot harder than I thought that it would be and setting the VTF was also really difficult. The supplied instructions were not correct and the cartridge does not have a third mounting hole to attach it to the headshell. I finally have it set up properly, but it took a lot of trial and error.

You may also want to add the Ortofon Blue to your list. I have heard good things about that cartridge and entry level Rega turntables. It may need 2mm shims, but somebody with direct knowledge can chime in about that one.The Rega company began life in with the release of the Planet turntable, an unusual design that featured 3 outriggers to support the record instead of a traditional platter.

In this was replaced by the classic Planar 2 turntable which made Rega's name with its blend of good performance and low retail price. The Planar 3 with heavier plinth and thicker glass platter followed in Rega's early turntables originally came fitted with Acos built tonearms, but in the first RB Rega Britain arm appeared in the shape of the critically acclaimed RB and it soon became one of the best selling tonearms in the world.

Not strictly speaking a Rega arm, the Acos-Rega was fitted to the early 'Planet' turntable and is the basis for the geometry on all later arms. Manufactured in Japan it shares much in common with OEM arms fitted to countless turntables in the 's, featuring a removable SME-type headshell, sliding counterweight, lateral balance weight and dial-type anti-skating adjustment.

Acos Rega manual. Fitted to the original Planar 2 and 3 turntables, the Rega R tonearm was again manufactured by Acos in Japan, but this time to Rega's specifications. The S-shaped arm tube and arm base where nickel plated steel, tracking force VTF applied by rotating the counterweight and bias adjusted by a toothed belt from a rotary control on an outrigger.

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The arm requires a mounting distance of mm and a 25mm mounting hole. The later RB was a drop in replacement, early models of which where supplied with a stepped spacer to locate the arm centrally in the mounting hole later Planar's came cut out for the slimmer RB stem.

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The R is popular on the used market, but while the bearings have proved durable, perished bias adjustment belts are common and no replacement parts are available from Rega. Luckily tonearm wizard J7 at Audio Origami has a solution for this which involves removing the belt and setting the anti-skate at a pre-determined setting.

The RB is Rega's entry level arm, fitted as standard to the P1 turntable. Distinguishing features include the simple machined aluminium arm tube with bonded headshell, Goldring GR1 style three-point arm base fixing, plastic rear stub and black counterweight. As on the RB, VTF adjustment is a simple arrangement where the weight is turned degrees for 1gm of tracking force. Anti-skating bias is magnetically applied via a plastic, sliding knob behind the arm holder and VTA is non adjustable.

An interesting feature is that with the standard Ortofon OMB 5E cartridge fitted, the correct tracking force of 1. Stereophile review of the P1 turntable. The RB uses the same arm tube as the RB but substitutes the stainless end stub for a threaded plastic version and the counterweight is black painted steel rather than tungsten or stainless steel. Early models came with a lacquered steel counterweight rather than black and recent photographs suggest that Rega has now returned to this silver counterweight on its Rega branded RB's.

VTF is applied by turning the counterweight on the shaft; each half turn is equivalent to 1gm of tracking force. The bias control knob was identical to that on the RB but later models use plastic instead of metal to cut costs further.

The RB is the replacement for the venerable RB tonearm and will be standard fitment on new P2 turntables.

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The arm still uses the plastic rear stub, steel weight and bias slider of the RB, but now features a variant of Rega's 3-point fixing on the base.

The RB was introduced inthe long awaited replacement for the Acos derived R and the first tonearm to be manufactured at the Rega factory. The arm features a beautifully cast one piece arm tube and headshell, closely toleranced bearings, rigid bearing housings and magnetic frictionless bias compensation. VTF is applied by a dial on the side of the vertical pivot housing.

A spring within the mechanism applies maximum negative VTF at the zero setting and above three grams the spring is effectively disconnected. Wiring is slightly unusual in that the arm tube is grounded via the left channel ground wire so there is no earth wire to connect back at the preamp. External cabling is bonded to a plastic plug in the arm base and is not user replaceable unless the user has a soldering iron! Early models where fitted with a dense but expensive tungsten counterweight which was later replaced by a cheaper and larger stainless steel counterweight.

The tungsten weight is still available as an upgrade from Rega.

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The arm stub and lateral bearing housing are both made from stainless steel. Unlike the RB, the RB's vertical bearings are supported on just one side of the bearing housing to make room for the VTF adjuster on the opposite side.Discussion in ' audio ' started by David SonnierMar 9, Log in or Sign up.

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My first post here. I've been listening to vinyl for about 50 years and my Turntables have always been mediocre types. A couple of years ago I made a big jump is 2 channel audio and upgraded my electronics to Emotiva amp and preamp, as well as Klipsch RP speakers.

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For a Turntable I bought a Planar 2 from a good friend who was upgrading to a Planar 6. I'm amazed at how nice a TT can sound! My previous TT was a Technics from It sounds nice. But I'm not sure what tracking force I should use. Max recommended is 2. I know the Planar 2 was designed to use the Rega Carbon so I am guessing the preset bias was designed for with the Carbon in mind. I seem to remember someone telling me preset bias of the Planar 2 was that amount.

Since the headshell on the Planar 2 has three mounting points, can I upgrade to a Rega Elyss 2 or an Exact?

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If I do, do I go with their recommended tracking Force? Will a Planar 2 work well with these cartridges? It seems they are about 14 mm tall and the Carbon is 17mm.

The P2 arm isn't adjustable for height, so I wondered if VTA would be a problem with a 3mm difference. My MP is about 18mm, so the difference isn't dramatic enough in that case. Thanks, David Louisiana. David SonnierMar 9, Hi David, According to the leaflet which came with my Nagaoka, the 'recommended' tracking weight for an MP is between 1.

For the VTA adjustment, shims can be added at either the 'pivot' end to increase the height of the arm, or at the headshell to allow adjustment for cartridge bodies with different dimensions. If your present cartidge isn't damaged or mistracking, I would take the time to enjoy it, before thinking about replacing it. Even if it is worn, you could just replace the stylus assembly and then take your time to decide whether to replace it with something different.Menu Menu.

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There is the blurb and promises of the maker and the view of a reviewer. You know what to doauditionauditionad infinitum. DougK Well-known member. Dec 8, 11, Thought you previously owned a Rega or a Project Gasolin?Log in or Sign up. Steve Hoffman Music Forums. Location: United Kingdom. So I just got my new Rega Planar 1. Set it all up, everything looks and sounds great.

I've got two records that have never been played before. They're g remasters and for the most part they sound good, but after a couple of songs they get stuck. They just keep skipping backwards and repeating the same bit over and over - like your typical broken record. The turntable is brand new and the records are brand new. The turntable is not on the same surface as the speakers. I have no idea why this is happening, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Sam SmithSep 1, Location: Midwest. Is the turntable absolutely level? If it is Location: LLanelli South Wales.

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Is this your first turntable? I ask because I do not wish to offend. Before doing anything if you have a stylus force gauge record tracking force. Check what bias setting you are on. Once done rotate counterweight on tone arm till arm floats or It is in balance.

With bias off tap the arm. If it sticks on the same spot that the record sticks then there is s fault. Now and only now.

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Check to see if the turntable is level. If it's not level then level it. Tap the arm again to see how it fairs If your happy the dial in. The required tracking force. Set bias accordingly, If you still have problems find An experienced technician. ThorensmanSep 1, FishoutofwaterCrazyCatz and bluemooze like this. Location: San Antonio, TX. Not only check the tracking force sounds like it is light but also check the anti-skate. WardswebSep 1, Location: Lexington, NC.

GoldprintAudioSep 1, HiFi Guy likes this. Can you check and see if by chance the wires from the arm to the cart are hanging down too low and contacting the album?

Also double check tracking force on the planar 1, the weight goes all the way forward so it should be fairly easy to set. Last edited: Sep 1, Log in or Sign up.

Steve Hoffman Music Forums. Location: West Midlands. What do you guys use to fine tune VTF on Rega arms? The dial on the right hand side or the counter weight? Tablet ManSep 13, Location: Uppsala Sweden. No, the dial below the arm is for anti skating, if thats what you mean.

The Rega decks dont have any way to tell what VTF is in use, you need a digital scale to check. I see you have an RP8 as well, impressive. Did you just get it? LeontheproSep 13, I'm on about the VTF dial on the right hand side not the anti skate. It's an rb, I have a digital scale and wondering which is best to fine tune. I don't think you get what I mean. I know what the tracking force is as I use my digi scale, but what's the best way to adjust it, counter weight or side dial.

Oh I see. Dont dare to comment as I dont know how the dial functions. Therefore I would use the counterweight. But lets see if other users have tested both. Location: Brookline, MA. I find balancing the arm with the counterweight as Rega recommends and then getting it within the ball park based on the indications on the dial then fine tune with a scale.

The dial gets you to within a few tenths of a gram of where you want it to be. I use a Shure beam scale to set my VTF and find it very accurate.


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