VPI Cliffwood Cartridge Set Up / Replacement

VPI Cliffwood Cartridge Set Up / Replacement

Postby Vinylsmokes » Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:36 pm

I've had the VPI Cliffwood for about 7 months, but have questions about the cartridge it came with, and would love opinions on potential cartridge upgrades.

First, this Grado Green it came with rides incredibly low. So much so, that it will occasionally hop. I recently bought a digital stylus force gauge, and found it's at 4.2g, much higher than the recommended 1.5g. How do you adjust the tracking force on the Cliffwood? While I've been a vinyl enthusiast for a while, I don't have much experience with the technical adjustments that come with this crazy hobby we love so much, and I haven't been able to find any direction on how to do so with this turntable.

My second question: if I decide to simply upgrade the cartridge, I'd love to hear some recommendations. I'd be willing to spend up to $400... a rep for the online retailer I bought the turntable from mentioned his affection for the Sumiko Moonstone, so I've had my eyes on that as a potential option.

Thanks in advance for any insight!
Attachments
IMG_0946.jpg
IMG_0946.jpg (66.51 KiB) Viewed 299 times
Vinylsmokes
Newbie
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Tue Dec 25, 2018 5:11 pm

Re: VPI Cliffwood Cartridge Set Up / Replacement

Postby madrac » Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:20 pm

Did you check that your digital scale is reading correctly (calibrated)? A US Penny weighs 2.5 grams.

Is the counterweight fixed or is there a set screw which can be loosened to move it (I can't tell from the pictures on the VPI site, nor is there any mention in the manual on how to adjust)? Moving it closer/further to the pivot changes the tracking force.

You should check with VPI on cartridge recommendations. Another in your price range is the SoundSmith Otello.
madrac
Senior Member
 
Posts: 126
Joined: Sun Jan 03, 2016 9:36 am

Re: VPI Cliffwood Cartridge Set Up / Replacement

Postby Vinylsmokes » Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:43 pm

Thanks for your response. Yes, I checked the calibration. Just in case, I just measured a penny as well. See the pic attached for the counterweight... it's simply a single screw. I didn't want to start fiddling with it blindly without proper instructions and maybe make matters worse. I'm gathering that I simply loosen the screw and move it back and forth to adjust stylus pressure?
Attachments
IMG_0944.jpg
IMG_0944.jpg (59.86 KiB) Viewed 266 times
Vinylsmokes
Newbie
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Tue Dec 25, 2018 5:11 pm

Re: VPI Cliffwood Cartridge Set Up / Replacement

Postby 10ovr » Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:27 pm

Yup thats the set screw,, Loosen and slide weight ,,If a Soundsmith Counter Intuitive well fit the weight it would help you fine tune the VTF,, Not sure if its the same diameter as other VPI Tonearm weights ?? https://www.musicdirect.com/analog-acce ... i-tonearms
10ovr
Senior Member
 
Posts: 968
Joined: Wed Nov 12, 2014 1:22 pm
Location: Fountain Hills AZ


Return to Support Forum

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests

x