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How to measure for belt replacement on your turntable

Turntables

1. Remove the platter that the record sits on by lifting it up.
2. Turn platter upside down and measure the diameter (from one side across to the other) of the rim where the belt goes on the underside of the platter.
3. Then go to our online store and select the next size down from your measurement so it stays on while you refit the platter.

Eg: If you measure 198mm then choose the 195mm belt. If you measure 180mm then choose the 175mm belt.


4. When the platter is reinstalled there will be a hole in the platter where you can stretch the belt out over the motor pulley.
 

 

 

How to set the tracking force on your turntable (without scales).

Turntables

 

1. Remove any anti-skate weight or adjust to zero.
 
2. Using the counterweight on the rear of the arm,
move to a position that allows the arm to float in a
neutral horizontal position.
N.B. Be careful at this point, it is easy to damage the stylus
while the arm is floating like this if the arm is knocked.
 
3. Zero the counterweight indicator dial without moving
the counterweight forward or backward on the arm.
The zero indicator will generally line up with a mark on the top
of the arm.
 
4. With the arm still in a neutral horizontal position, support the 
front of the arm and slowly rotate the counterweight forward on the arm, to the specified cartridges tracking force. Usually 1.75-1.8 grams
for a MM cartridge. But check the specs if unsure.
 
5. Finally replace anti-skate weight or adjust to a similar value to the tracking force.
 

Things to keep in mind when setting up speakers.

Speakers

 

 All speakers will vary slightly inside different rooms, this is just a general guide.
 
1. The distance between the speakers and the listening position should form close to an equilateral triangle, with the speakers toed inward towards the listening position.
2. If the speaker has a rear bass reflex port then try bringing the speaker forward off the front wall so as to reduce booming bass. Start at 400mm and play around with them from there.
If placing bookshelf speakers of this design on a shelf, you may wish to dampen the effect of the rear port with some high density foam.
Try also decoupling the speaker box from the shelf with a small ball of blu-tak in each corner of the base of the speaker. This is also a good idea when using stands.
 
3.Whether you are  using speaker stands or floor-standing speakers, if fitted with spikes, use these to eliminate any rock in the speaker. A stable speaker will sound clearer and have tighter bass.
The spikes should be pushed through the carpet into the flooring beneath.
If on floorboards, the spike can rest on a coin that is blu-taked in position.
 

Testimonials

Hi Andrew,

I thought I’d drop you a quick note to let you know that the Radikal and Kore upgrade you installed on my old LP 12 has transformed it.  I can’t believe the difference it has made!

Thank you for the speedy and expert installation job.

Cheers

Mark Weston

- Mark Weston