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  • Essential Turntable Cartridge VTF Tool

    posted by INROCK on 02/02/2013
    4 0

    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    Includes: (1) Unit with clear digital display; (2) Easy to understand English directions; (3) Two batteries; (4) Calibration weight of 5 grams; and (5) Fitted carrying sleeve. Operation: Simple and accurate. Price: Incredible value! Packaging: Product securely boxed in manufacturer container, and placed inside a padded mailing envelope. In my case, the mailing envelope and content arrived in better shape than a large number of items ordered and shipped within the United States.

    Cons:

    Product: None.
    Order Processing: FACTS -- 3 day backorder time; 11 working/business days (or 15 calendar days) for shipping and receipt.
    NOTE: The item is shipped via Hong Kong mail, and the website and customer comments highlight that shipping times are expected to be quite long. Customers need to be patient; if you acknowledge that the product price is low and shipping is free, just sit back for a couple of weeks and relax until it arrives in your mail box (smile). If you feel a periodic need to check status, the customer service operator is pleasant and responsive. However, once the item is placed in shipping status, it is improbable that anyone can accurately estimate when it will make its way from China to the United States.

    OtherThoughts:

    I acquired this scale to verify vertical tracking force (VTF) of phonograph cartridges for two quality turntables. Vinyl record enthusiasts understand the importance of obtaining the optimum VTF for sound, minimizing poor tracking/stylus wear, and minimizing record wear. This digital scale confirmed my VTF settings within 0.02g on audiophile cartridges for a Technics 1210MK5 and AT-LP240USB turntable. The digital scale records consistent weights on both the turntable platter and with the rubber or felt mat.

    Bottomline:

    I discovered this item through on-line audiophile and stereo enthusiast customer comments registered on website blogs/forums. The positive remarks highlighted low price, ease of use, and value relative to comparable products offered by sound specialist stores (at 7 times the price). The reviews are true! This is the best turntable tweaking bargain I've received in over a half century of vinyl LP collecting and sound enjoyment. [IMPORTANT NOTE: My unit included a 5g calibration weight. Some reviews noted they had to buy a weight separately, so I purchased one separately. Now I have an extra 5g weight; but you don't need to if the product package you receive is the same as mine!]

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