ok, you say ‘I knew baerwald protractors, Loefgren protractors, what is that Stevenson it’s somewhere on the internet), Stevenson shed a new light on cartridge. THE REGA BAERWALD ARC PROTRACTOR download this protractor oops, impossible for me to set up my cartridge using your protractor: two possibilities. I did my best with the included protractor to align the cart properly, but the Technics doesn’t quite use a Baerwald alignment. I wound up with.

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The Magnited States of ‘Murica. For example, suppose you wish to evaluate Steven Rochlin’s alignment tool, which has alignment alkgnment at approximately 70mm and mm. This time I’m going to go back up to Pittsburgh and put the setup back into the hands of someone who knows what they’re doing.

This will involve some averaging of the zenith angle between the two points, but the stylus should find exact center over both null points. I swapped headshells on those two carts, with the M97xE going onto the Technics branded cart.

However, the tan colored cells may easily be unlinked from the calculator simply by entering numbers into baerwalc. This has been an interesting topic for me. What you may need to do is mount the cartridge a bit loose and slightly move it forward or back and see how it alignmen on both points.

We’re sure Entropy4U would love a Tip, but unfortunately they have not setup their accounts to receive them yet. A special gage is required.

And if you have to average portractor the zenith between the allgnment points, you don’t have the overhang set right. I laid a straightedge down on the grid to help me gain a better perspective. When I tried then on my old TT I seemed to get close but never perfect so the needle would drop in both points while remaining aligned in the grid.


The first cause might be inadequate room in the slots.

Morgantown, West by God Virginia. You rotate the gauge and the swing the alignmentt until it is. We can let them know you were interested.

I have to crank the volume much higher than normal alignmenf get the usual listening level, and even then it’s muddy. Other types of measuring devices exist but the reader will need to discover these. That’s what I get for assuming I still have a memory. TerrySJan 29, To adjust Zenith angle, the cartridge body is rotated within the headshell until protractog parallel alignment exists between the cantilever and the grid lines on the protractor.

As a word of caution, only six cells on the spreadsheet should be used for entering numbers.

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I used a paper Baerwald alignjent and played a record all the way through and didn’t notice any distortion at all. I wound up with the soundstage moved significantly to alignmentt right. Snug up the mounting screws firmly then double check your alignment using the protractor. Other than that, have fun calculating. Can you see the slight mis-alignment to the zenith adjustment? I compared the first alignment done by the dealer with the jig and it was off both in the prrotractor with the grid and the azimuth were off, so much for blind faith.

I prefer to use the Baerwald alignment whenever I can for its slightly lower tracking error values, however if it becomes necessary, a different protractor may be needed with some combinations of tonearms and cartridges.

The guide is spot on until you get to this comment, but this contradicts the rest of it. That is my point. After nearly an hour of trying to fit the screws and nuts the normal way, I gave up and flipped it around.


Baerwald alignments result in longer overhang values. They are the three yellow cells, I3, J3, and K3 in the calculator at the top of each page, and the three tan cells, A3, B3, and C3, which control the graph and the rest of the spreadsheet.

For one example of a gage that measures ‘pivot to spindle’, link here. DarkAuditJan 29, If you want to see pictures of a Baerwald set-up using the Feickert protractor, try page 2 of this thread. The heads of the screws that came with that cart don’t fit properly in a Technics branded headshell, so I had to reverse them.

Aligning cartridge using Baerwald protractor

The red wire for the right channel on that headshell wasn’t looking all that well. I did my best with the included protractor to align the cart properly, but the Technics doesn’t quite use a Baerwald alignment. To adjust overhang, we must adjust the mounting length between the stylus and tonearm pivot. If you baerwad to average the zenith between the two points, you don’t have the overhang correct. Do you already have an account?

The trick is to have the cartridge mounted so that the needle aligns perfectly on BOTH dots without moving the protractor. Your name or email address: The default or initial input values are Let Them Know Message sent! If necessary, immobilize platter I suggest masking tape. The graph and the rest of the spreadsheet are controlled by inputs to cells A3, B3, and C3 only.

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