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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:39 am 
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Hi,

Dump all those stupid flimsy Chinese electronic/battery failure/digital dystopia types of vtf devices in the land-fill. Look for an old fashioned Shure mechanical stylus force guage.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:34 am 
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mantisory wrote:
yeah, it's in grams for sure...but I wonder if I need to recalibrate - I might try that, though I don't think mine came with the 5g weight...will have to find one!
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My Amazon version came with a 5g weight, but I bought the calibrated 5g stainless steel calibration weight. It cost more than the scale!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:00 am 
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mantisory wrote:
The first one, I dropped. My bad, The second and third just stopped working...no reason. Not sure...I'll likely just buy another one anyway, unless I happen to get down to a dealer at some point soon...
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I'm going to assume you checked the condition of the batteries!!! lol

I've had mine going on 5 years now with no problems of any kind.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:04 am 
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Yeah, the batteries were the first thing to check, and they're new...I'm going to try the recalibration - apparently canadian quarters from 1967-1999 weighed 5.05g (and US nickels weigh 5g exactly) so I am sure I have some kicking around :)
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:56 am 
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mantisory wrote:
Tom_r wrote:
I use this from Amazon:

https://www.amazon.ca/Neoteck-Digital-Turntable-Backlight-Cartridge/dp/B01HRJ9NAY/

I have a Christian Becker 5g calibration weight and the scale is right on ... at 5g anyway! :D

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Trying to get the link to work. Grrrr


That's exactly the cheapskate ones I've been using and I am tired of them failing on me (I've had three or four!)
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have had the same and been using for about 5 years now...very accurate


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mantisory wrote:
Another one of those cheap as borscht chinese stylus force gauges just stopped working for me. I'm pretty much done with these cheap things. Anyone know stores in the GTA that carry reliable vtf gauges that don't cost an arm and a leg?
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(Seriously tho, what price range you looking at?)

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Use the Ortfon it cost more at fist but in th end it will save tons of grief.


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buybye88 wrote:
Hi,

Dump all those stupid flimsy Chinese electronic/battery failure/digital dystopia types of vtf devices in the land-fill. Look for an old fashioned Shure mechanical stylus force guage.

Cheers,
David Neice


I absolutely agree with David. I couldn't get any confidence with any of the cheap digital pieces and just use the Shure. No batteries and simple.

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So, I got home from work and ran through the calibration procedure with a '77 quarter (5.05g) and...voila! It works again! I am going to track down one of those shure or ortofon mechanical gauges for the future though. They never fail, and never need re-calibration or new batteries :)
Thanks everyone for the assistance.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:18 pm 
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Please let us know how you like the mechanical gauge: ease of use, build quality, accuracy, and how your knees like checking for level.

I didn't go the Shure route because from the pics the build quality looks like it should retail at Princess Auto for about $5.00. I'd like to be proven wrong if you go that route. The Ortofon looks like a much better quality item (albeit plastic) at a fair price. But for both it looks like you have to make assumptions for weights not marked on the scale.

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Not meaning to hijack the OP's post.... but;

Has anyone tried this Ortofon model? Seems reasonably priced.

https://www.amazon.ca/Ortofon-Digital-S ... orce+gauge

I also use a cheap digital unit that I picked up at a Pawn shop I frequent. For $14.99 I question it's accuracy.


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Not meaning to hijack the OP's post.... but;

Has anyone tried this Ortofon model? Seems reasonably priced.

https://www.amazon.ca/Ortofon-Digital-S ... orce+gauge

I also use a cheap digital unit that I picked up at a Pawn shop I frequent. For $14.99 I question it's accuracy.


For some reason Amazon links don't work without the URL tags:

https://www.amazon.ca/Ortofon-Digital-Stylus-Force-Gauge/dp/B000WMCFPO/

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:02 pm 
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Thanks Tom.

Should've checked the link after I posted... :?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:17 pm 
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If you can find one the Shure SFG-2 Stylus Tracking Force Gauge is very good. Used it when I had my turntable and it went with it.
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the Ortofon is a beautiful gauge to use. the nest for the stylus is low on the gauge to simulate stylus location on the record. Had one for a few years now.


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