Tonearm headshell bubble levels

Re: Tonearm headshell bubble levels

Postby Jprod » Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:40 pm

Thanks for all the replies!
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Re: Tonearm headshell bubble levels

Postby bpw » Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:49 pm

Jprod wrote:What do you all think of the bubble level for a headshell? Good way to set the azimuth and to make sure cartridge is parallel to the record ?

I use one, but it's not necessarily parallel to the record when the setup is done.
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Re: Tonearm headshell bubble levels

Postby Mr_Putty » Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:23 pm

Maybe useful as a starting point. But, never permanently mounted as it would be a resonant chamber right where you are trying to get the best (likeable) manageable control of waveforms.
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Re: Tonearm headshell bubble levels

Postby kurtster » Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:23 am

I agree with using it as a starting point, but that would be it.

I change the VTA with every record I play. Once I finalized my mat thickness, I established a zero point and have a 2 mm range for my vinyl. Dynaflex is at the bottom at zero with most 70's and 80's vinyl ranging from +.5 mm to +.75 mm. Modern 180g and 200g pressings I take up the full 2 mm just to offset the thickness. Tweaking by ear along the way. I have found more is better than less and that just a .25 mm change on some records can be amazing while on others, it's nothing much. I do make notes regarding the VTA settings for my records for the next time I play them.
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Re: Tonearm headshell bubble levels

Postby macster » Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:17 pm

I don't use a bubble level on the headshell. I make sure
    that the platter is level
    then I use a record which is basically the average thickness of the records that I play
    then I use a ruler to measure from the surface of that record to opposite points on the headshell
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Re: Tonearm headshell bubble levels

Postby Lewisranchmike » Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:44 pm

macster wrote:I don't use a bubble level on the headshell. I make sure
    that the platter is level
    then I use a record which is basically the average thickness of the records that I play
    then I use a ruler to measure from the surface of that record to opposite points on the headshell
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That is the method Harry told me about. I purchased some engineering steel rulers and double sided taped them to wooden blocks and used them. I also use one of those clear plastic blocks that has the lines and drilled a hole through to allow finger lift to come through so I could snug the block next to cart. That works quite well also.(if you search “old dog new tricks” in the forum there might still be a picture I posted.

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Re: Tonearm headshell bubble levels

Postby Tirebiter » Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:44 pm

The bubble level on my Graham is great for getting the arm level initially and for understanding where the arm should be set once I dial in VTA with Analog Magic.....with my old JMW 10, I had no idea whether or not the arm was level to begin with.
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