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Turntable Cartridge Alignment Gauge Protractor Tool
Notes on product are not English - 6 pages of English instructions included

Turntable Cartridge Alignment Gauge Protractor Tool

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Cartridge Alignment Protractor

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Gauge Notes are German. Instructions are English.
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Schön Tonearm Alignment Gauge Rev. 2.0

This unique tonearm alignment gauge allows you to check the tonearm geometry of your record player / turntable and to install the pickup ideally aligned (offset angle and overhang) to keep distortion to a minimum.

Special features:

This alignment protractor is unique in that it is about the same thickness as a record which preserves the correct surface height for the best possible alignment.
Also comes with a letter sized, fine print six page very detailed English instruction pamphlet (not pictured) that explains the need for alignment and detailed instructions including color images.

This plastic protractor is a reliable way to ensure proper basic alignment of your standard half-inch mount cartridge of any brand. The goal is to avoid tracking error that especially occurs as your needle plays songs towards the inner part of the record.

Just how important this is for audio quality is shown by a comparison of the distortion (harmonic distortion HD2) caused by the relative lateral tracking error when playing a record with the distortion in the signal processing within the phono stage, pre-amplifier and power amplifier. If the tonearm geometry is not ideal, which is often the case, or if the installation of the pickup system was not checked, the harmonic distortion HD2 caused by too high a relative lateral tracking error can reach values of more than 3%. In contrast to this, all electrical components in a hi-fi system combined would show a value below 0.1% or sometimes, even under 0.01%. The importance of optimizing the tonearm geometry with a high quality alignment gauge can therefore produce a much higher gain in audio quality than a much higher three to four figure investment in better components.

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