Turntable setup advice needed for newbie with top cartridges

Solypsa

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I have been meaning to get luthiers lighted magnifying glasses. Style goes out the window :)
 

tima

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Imo, lighting and magnification are key to cartridge setup.
I use one of these and and two jewelers loupes along with a couple Artimede Tolomeo lamps.


Real glass lenses. Mine came with 4 different power lenses and a nice box to keep them.
 

Gregadd

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Imo, lighting and magnification are key to cartridge setup.
I use one of these and and two jewelers loupes along with a couple Artimede Tolomeo lamps.


Real glass lenses. Mine came with 4 different power lenses and a nice box to keep them.
For steady hands you will need a glass of wine. this might also help.
Acoustical Systems The SMARTractor Phono Alignment Tool — Safe and Sound HQ
 

Loheswaran

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I'm 60yr+ a bucket list audiophile who over the last 6 years been researching and accumulating components for my analog+digital audio chains. Because I'm late in the game I'm trying to experience various but excellent sonics, so I purchased Lyra Etna, Koetsu Rosewood Signature Platinum, Aida Mammoth Gold mkII, VDH Colibri Grand Cru. I have a VPU Avenger and am in the process of purchasing tonearms including a 4point. Second arms may be ViV Rigid Float, Reed 3P, or Schroeder. Also debating on a SPU tonearm (Ortofon Century SPU, GOLD SPU, FR7fz). Still puzzling on which arm for the VDH GC because the consensus seems all over the map:

I heard horror stories of user screwed up cantilevers/stylus. Even though I can be careful, I'm have no direct experience in mounting a cartridge, but I studied how online. After receiving my cartridges, I planned to send to WAM Engineering for their stylus alignment report - I'm a big believer in getting the stylus correct regardless of cantilever or body position. I'll be picking up WAM tools and maybe an oscilloscope (have to figure how this works also).

Should I seek help mounting help (which seems like a stupid question)? If so, how should I go about this? I live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Nice bucket list of analogue brilliance …

I understand that the analog magik set up software and disc are pretty brilliant. I use a humble combo of a free hands magnifying glass; Clearaudio gauge; Cardas and Hifi news records; spl meter, also get a powerful magnifying glass to clean your styli between record sides
 

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