The benefits of a bubble level

Well. In all fairness, no one ever said that cartridge alignment was simple.

So, today, I got to spend an hour dialing in my Ortofon Windfeld cartridge. With luck, this is “it” — I revisited VTA and azimuth, specifically. Guess what? Both were pretty miserably off. Whoops.

The cartridge hasn’t even got 10 hours on it so far — it’s practically brand freakin’ new. But it was just … off. And guess what? Now, it’s not.

(He said ‘snot’, har har).

As you can tell, my humor is greatly improved — even if my sense of it is still appallingly bad.

[insert smiley grin here]

It’s not that the table sounded bad, per se, it’s just that it was pretty thoroughly average. A bit veiled. A bit muddled. A bit “why did I do this again?” All I have to say is, a little alignment goes a l – o – o – o – n – g way.

So, now on to the business of breaking in the cartridge. This is the really hard part. You know, the lounging about and swapping out vinyl. Yeah, I know, this is a total hardship. But, well, someone has to do it and quite frankly, that’s how I roll — I’m just takin’ one for the team. Yep! Ahhhhh. I mean, er- ah-, “oh how dreary!”

You know what I want? The Cartright. I saw this announced (again) at RMAF this year. Have you heard of this gizmo? Its available in two versions. One is a cute little device with enough knobs on it to make any Fozgometer utterly green with envy. The other way to get this is as an app for the iPad/iPhone. Apparently, there’ll still be some little widget needed to run from the tonearm cable into the iDevice, but whatever — you’ll be able to see all the same settings there that you’d be able to see on an actual physical unit. I’m assuming that pricing is going to remain at the $1,000 price point for the gadget, but I have no idea, nor do I have a clue what the app will cost. I almost don’t care — either would have been insanely useful just now instead of relying on my educated (where ‘educated’ = “wild, off the cuff, dead reckoning”) guestimation of all those settings, which while I’m sure they’re good enough for government work, could most definitely be dialed in quite a bit more precisely (but then, can’t they always?). More to come on that score.

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Scot started all this back in 2009. He is currently the Publisher here at PTA, the Publisher at The Occasional Magazine, and the Executive Producer at The Occasional Podcast. There are way too many words about him over on the Contributors page.