Setting Up Scoutmaster 2 with a Grado Sonata 1

Setting Up Scoutmaster 2 with a Grado Sonata 1

Postby TIMO62 » Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:34 pm

Hello ,

I have a Scoutmaster 2 with a JMW-9 Signature Tonearm. Trying to set the VTA with a Grado Reference Series Sonata 1. I am not able to level the tonearm. The tail is down slightly. Have the tonearm base at highest setting. Is there a way to adjust the tonearm base any higher, or is this just an issue with the size of the Grado Sonata?
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Re: Setting Up Scoutmaster 2 with a Grado Sonata 1

Postby Brf » Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:00 am

I am not familiar with the Grado Sonata 1, but by your post I assume that it's a tall cartridge. If that is the case, you may want to purchase a thicker/taller tonearm spacer from VPI which will raise the entire arm assembly.
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Re: Setting Up Scoutmaster 2 with a Grado Sonata 1

Postby spinblackcircle » Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:46 am

TIMO62 wrote:Hello ,

I have a Scoutmaster 2 with a JMW-9 Signature Tonearm. Trying to set the VTA with a Grado Reference Series Sonata 1. I am not able to level the tonearm. The tail is down slightly. Have the tonearm base at highest setting. Is there a way to adjust the tonearm base any higher, or is this just an issue with the size of the Grado Sonata?


You shouldn't have any problem with the Sonata on the Table/Arm combo. Could you please post an image of the tonearm base. VPI does offer a spacer if needed.
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Re: Setting Up Scoutmaster 2 with a Grado Sonata 1

Postby TIMO62 » Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:43 pm

Thanks for the input in regard to possibly needing a larger spacer for the arm assembly.
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Re: Setting Up Scoutmaster 2 with a Grado Sonata 1

Postby Brf » Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:52 pm

From the picture provided, it would appear that your arm is at it's lowest setting. Have you tried raising the tonearm height using the height adjustment wheel?
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Re: Setting Up Scoutmaster 2 with a Grado Sonata 1

Postby TIMO62 » Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:03 pm

It was raised up as high as it could go. I just had the wheel lowered here in the picture. The allen head screws were loosen and was raised to max height.

I called VPI today and they are sending a spacer to me.
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Re: Setting Up Scoutmaster 2 with a Grado Sonata 1

Postby TIMO62 » Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:58 pm

I just spoke to someone who is familiar with VPI turntables and he mentioned that there is an elevation kit made to raise the entire tonearm assembly. It is a plate that matches the size of the current assembly. Not really sure why VPI sent me the rubber pads? Hope to find out soon though.
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Re: Setting Up Scoutmaster 2 with a Grado Sonata 1

Postby spinblackcircle » Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:29 am

TIMO62 wrote:I just spoke to someone who is familiar with VPI turntables and he mentioned that there is an elevation kit made to raise the entire tonearm assembly. It is a plate that matches the size of the current assembly. Not really sure why VPI sent me the rubber pads? Hope to find out soon though.


This is what I purchased to use a Aries 2" Platter with my Scout. Looking at your picture, a Scout Master 2 should have an aluminum Classic platter. You have the same 2 inch acrylic platter that I used on my Scout which means you have a regular Scout Master, not a 2 unless you specially ordered it with an Acrylic platter. The plastic spacer in the picture should give you plenty of height to get correct VTA with a Sonata 1 which is the same cartridge I used with that setup. I was actually able to get enough height even without the spacer, but I was at the maximum height of the tonearm. You might also want to check the female bearing in the armwand, it can be adjusted as well.

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