Recommend me a set-up tool(s).....

heihei

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Just got an AMG Viella which has been set up by the dealer. I'm keen to learn the ropes of good set-up though, so would appreciate some recommendations on tools I should get. The arm is AMG's 12" which I'm unlikely to change, the cart is AMG's Teatro, which I may swap in / out at some stage.

Thanks in advance!
 

tima

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Acoustical-systems Smarttractor for pivot-to-spindle distance and cartridge alignment.

http://www.arche-headshell.de/alignment-tools/smartractor/

Ortofon DS-3 stylus force gauge. Check ebay to purchase from Japan. Last I knew these are not sold in US.

STARRET 130 - small machinst level

A small bright flashlight such as the Olight S10R Baton III

A 20x loupe for stlus inspection.

I will add more later.
 

heihei

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Thanks - appreciated
 

tima

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Consider acquiring a relatively inexpensive cartridge such as a Denon DL-103R or other to learn and practice your setup skills.

There is a certain 'art' or method to moving your hands around a cartridge and in your turntable area generally. Think about what you are about to do before you do it; that will slow you down, which is good. A simple exercise is setting the cartridge's VTF. While doing that you can listen to hear any changes that might make. Use simple acoustic music. Making small changes and listening is part of practice.

Learn this diagram from Wally Malewicz or copy the graphic and print it. There is plenty of setup advice on this forum and elsewhere on the 'net. It can seem confusing at first until you gain a bit of comfort with the terminology. You will see these terms used a lot.

ToneArm Basic Geometry.jpg
 

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