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How to set up your turntable

This general advice applies to most turntables - if you are unsure please contact us before doing anything - without care you could damage your stylus or even your records!

It’s best to calibrate your tonearm with a record on the turntable, any record is fine [The blank side of a single sided record works best].

Most Tone arms are balanced by a counterweight. Rotating the counterweight shifts the weight forwards and backwards, this determines the pressure of the needle on the record.

To start calibration Lift the tone arm using the arm lift. Rotate your counterweight all the way to the back of the tone arm, so that you needle is completely elevated.

Set your anti-skate to zero.

Lower the tone arm using lever (be careful of the needle!)

Gradually add more weight to the needle until the tone arm floats just above the record. The objective is to make it balance like a see-saw.

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Most Counterweights have a small ring at the front that rotates free from the weight. The numbers on this ring represent the number of grams applied to the needle. Set this to ‘0’. Now your tone arm weight has been initialised.

Add the desired weight to the needle using the numbers on the counterweight as a guide. Each needle has a recommended weight – this is usually around 2 grams (not enough weight will lose sound quality and too much weight will damage your needle and records). Set the anti skate to around the same value.

The key is to make sure that your tone arm is horizontal and that the correct weight is applied to your needle. If after these steps your tonearm isn’t straight, you can attempt to adjust the height at the base of the tone arm.

Finally, you can fine tune your anti-skate by dropping the needle on a blank record – changing the anti-skate should change the direction that the needle is moving, find the sweet spot where it doesn't move inwards or outwards.