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    AXIOM tonearm AQUILAR tonearm SMARTractor archon cartridge aiwon cartridge arche headshell UNI-Protractor acoustical systems HELOX record clamp UNI DIN
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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    -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
    -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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    I know Mark/MEP bought a SMARTractor at RMAF. Awaiting his impressions. Know the SMARTractor is one of the many tools Andre uses and think he reviewed it for TAS a while back?
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
    ________________________________________

    -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
    -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
      I know Mark/MEP bought a SMARTractor at RMAF. Awaiting his impressions. Know the SMARTractor is one of the many tools Andre uses and think he reviewed it for TAS a while back?
      Hi Myles,

      I've never reviewed the tool. It is only one of many alignment protractors ( two different Feickerts, a Mint, a Wallytractor, a GEO-DISC, printed protractors, etc.) I have around to use.

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      - 12" 33-1/3 RPM or 45 RPM vinyl
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      • #4
        I have used many alignment templates over the years. Currently I use the Dr. Feickert Analog template (the original unit no longer in production) and the Roksan template which uses hybrid null points (an excellent value at around $20).

        Bust mostly, I make my own templates with AutoCAD based on the dimensions of the tonearm geometry I am working on. For example, a common geometry is 222mm spindle-to-pivot with 15mm overhang (the Rega standard). I show Baerwald, Lofgren and Stevenson null points on one template. You will see the alignment for the various null points is so close, I defy most of you to tell the difference.

        After aligning a zillion cartridges, I have concluded that the alignment templates only get you close to the "actual" perfect alignment. The ability to get perfection is limited by your eyesight and the fact the cartridge cantilevers and styli mounted to them probably vary from unit to unit as well as over time and are likely not perfectly aligned in the first place. The ultimate method is to get close with an alignment template then adjust by ear.

        See one of my alignment templates: http://kosmic.us/222mmTemplate.pdf
        Speakers/Amps: Genesis G2.2 Jr with Powered Servo-Sub Bass, Genesis GR1440 Mono Amps, 5,000 watts total power
        Preamp: SMc Audio VRE-1C Preamp (fully balanced inputs and output)
        Analog 1: VPI Signature 21 Belt-Drive Turntable w/ 10” 3D Printed Fatboy Gimbal Arm and Ortofon MC Windfeld Ti Phono Cartridge driving Lehmann Silver Cube Phono Preamp
        Analog 2: VPI HW-40 Direct-Drive Turntable w/ 12” 3D Printed Fatboy Gimbal Arm and Ortofon MC Anna Diamond Phono Cartridge driving Genesis Gold Phono Preamp
        Analog 3: Studer A810 R2R tape w/ Bridge Console. Using built-in tape preamp
        Digital: Lumin Network Player with Lumin NAS
        Cables: Genesis Advanced Technologies/Absolute Fidelity Interface Interconnects, Speaker, Phono and Power
        A/C Power: Extensive System Upgrades, Sub-panel w/hard-wired power cables, and IsoTek Super Titan Passive Power Conditioning for Amplifiers
        Accessories: Custom Acrylic Equipment Stands, Klaudio Ultrasonic RCM

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