- Set out the
four metal feet and assemble them onto the base by screwing them onto the
four corner screws attached to the base. Start with the feet threaded all
the way on. These may be adjusted from above later on to level the base in
its final location.
- Take out the
two black support pillars for the dust cover and remove the screws mounted
in the bottoms of the pillars. Line up the bottom of each support pillar with
the holes provided in the back of the base and insert the screws. These will
screw onto the threaded nuts on the portion of the pillar beneath the base.
Do not over-tighten. These will be adjusted for placement and tightened once
the dust cover is installed; to ensure correct alignment.
- Position the
upper assembly with the points of the three metal cones in the dimples provided
in the base. The motor should be at the left rear of the base when the control
panel is facing you.
- Connect the
wire harness from the motor to the supplied socket in the base. Caution: Ensure
that all nine pins align with the nine holes in the socket. DO NOT FORCE THE
CONNECTION. The wires from the plug should exit in the direction of the motor.
Double check that this connection is correct before applying power to the
- Carefully insert
the main bearing shaft into the bearing well.
- Gently seat
the platter on the bearing shaft. The platter will seat correctly on the shaft
with a minimum of force. Be careful not to drop the platter on the bearing
- The spacing
between the top surface of the upper assembly and the top of the platter should
be approximately 1-1/2 to 1-5/8 inches as a general starting point for later
platter height adjustment. This is a convenient time to check and set this
approximate spacing. The platter may be raised or lowered by turning the height
adjustment knob that comes out of the platter cone.
- Turn the platter.
It should now spin freely and quietly.
- Fit the supplied
belt around the platter and motor pulley. A few turns of the platter will
allow the belt to center itself.
- Connect the
power supply to the four pin DIN terminated cable coming from the base.
- Plug the AC
cord from the power supply into an AC outlet. Before switching the power on,
double check that motor to base and base to power supply connections are made
correctly. Improper connections can cause motor damage. Switch power supply
on by moving the rocker switch on the power supply to the right.
- If any indicator
lights on the control panel are on, press the off switch on the control panel
to reset the controls. Never plug or unplug the motor from the base while
the power supply is switched on. If it is necessary to unplug the motor from
the base, always be sure that the power supply is switched off first.
- Now you're ready
to check speed adjustments. Adjust the pitch control (on the control panel)
so that it is at its 12 o'clock position - straight up and down. Place the
test disc on the platter and clamp lightly with the record clamp.
- There are three
"on" switches on the control panel, marked 33, 45 and 78 RPM. The
switch pressed determines the playing speed. Select 33. The test disc should
not be turning.
- Observe the
test disc using the 33 RPM marking. (in North America use the markings for
60 Hz, for other countries use 50 or 60 Hz depending on the AC line frequency
used in your country.) Note: The recommended light source is fluorescent or
non-coated incandescent bulb, not sunlight. The markings should appear stationary.
Remove the test disc and set it aside.
If it seems
that the pitch control requires too much adjustment away from its 12 o'clock
position, calibrating adjustments are available. Looking beneath the base
directly under the control panel, from the front, you will see a black metal
casing with three holes providing access to three trim-pots. The order of
the trim-pots corresponds to the order of the 33, 45 and 78 switches on
the control panel. Using a small precision screwdriver (not provided) adjust
the relevant trim pot so that the markings on the test disc appear stationary
with the pitch control set to 12 o'clock. Repeat this procedure for each
speed setting required.
Note: These adjustments should be finalized with the turntable at room
temperature (60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.)
and Cartridge Assembly
- Remove the tonearm
and associated parts from its packing. Identify the following:
- Arm base
assembly incorporating the lift mechanism.
- Lift platform.
- Lift platform
fitted with dual counterweights and side outrigger weights.
- Two brass
- Arm pivot
- Black arm
base assembly lock nut.
- Thread the arm
pivot shaft into the nylon nut set into the arm cone. The shaft should be
threaded in approximately 8 to 10 full turns to position the shaft at the
mid-point of the desired height adjustment range.
- Fit the arm
base assembly over the arm pivot shaft so that it rests on the upper assembly.
Position it so that the cueing lever is on the right side. Note that the arm
base assembly is free to move a small amount in any direction. Position the
base assembly so that it is centrally located when viewed from above.
- Thread the black
arm base assembly lock nut onto the pivot shaft and finger tighten. It is
not necessary or recommended that you use a tool on this lock nut, as it may
mar the finish.
- Install the
cartridge in the headshell according to the manufacturer's instructions. Do
not tighten the cartridge in its mounting slots too tightly for now, just
enough so that it doesn't change position.
- Connect the
colour coded wires to the cartridge pins. We have used the standard colour
coding, as follows:
- Red - Right
- Green -
Right channel, negative.
- White -
Left channel positive.
- Blue - Left
- Replace the
test disc on the platter and clamp tightly.
- Position the
arm on the pivot so that the top point on the arm shaft rests in the pivot
well on the underside of the arm.
- Lay the tonearm
wiring harness out so that it is not hanging off the upper assembly or otherwise
creating a drag on the arm.
- Carefully remove
the stylus from the cartridge. When performing the following steps be very
careful in handling the tonearm so as not to damage the cartridge. Using the
supplied Allen key, loosen the eccentric counterweight and adjust its position
so that the arm is floating with no tendency to drift up or down. (The second
counterweight should be mounted close to the rear of the arm, depending upon
how much weight is actually needed to balance the cartridge. By turning the
eccentric counter weight to the left or right you can adjust the azimuth of
the cartridge so that the cantilever is approximately perpendicular to the
- Adjust cartridge
to the manufacturer's recommended tracking force value by moving either the
eccentric counterweight, or both, forward or backward. (Measuring the tracking
force requires the use of a good quality stylus force gauge.
- The test disc
incorporates two alignment points to locate the position of the cartridge
in the headshell. Position the tonearm so that the cartridge is parallel with
the lines on either of the grids. The stylus point should rest on the line
that intersects the small black square. (It may be helpful to make a small
indentation on the point in the black square with a pin in order to more accurately
locate the stylus on the point.)
- When properly
aligned, the stylus should rest on the point and the front and sides of the
cartridge should be parallel with the grid of lines. If, when the cartridge
is aligned with the grid, the stylus is behind the point, the cartridge needs
to come forward. If the stylus is in front of the point, the cartridge needs
to come back.
- Repeat the above
procedure on the second alignment grid.
- Continue to
check and make small adjustments for both grids until the cartridge will align
satisfactorily on both. Note that the objective is to make the closest alignment
possible on both grids, and not to optimize one at the expense of the other.
- In the event
that the slots in the headshell don't provide enough cartridge movement to
properly align the cartridge, you will need to re-position the arm base assembly.
To do this, remove the tonearm from the pivot shaft, being very careful not
to damage either the cartridge or the wiring from the arm.
- Loosen the black
arm base assembly lock nut slightly and move the arm base assembly forward
or back, depending on your needs.
- Repeat alignment
procedures as necessary, then tighten the cartridge mounting screws when you
are satisfied with the alignment.
- The next step
involves setting the height of the tonearm and cartridge relative to the test
disc so you may wish to leave the black lock nut slightly loose to permit
adjustment to the height of the pivot shaft.
- With the stylus
resting on the test disc, the top of the tonearm should appear horizontal
with the top of the test disc. If this is not the case, replace the cartridge
stylus guard, if supplied, and remove the arm and set it aside. Loosen the
black arm shaft lock nut and adjust the height of the pivot shaft by turning
it either up or down, depending on whether you wish the arm to be higher or
lower at the pivot. Re-tighten the lock nut and replace the arm.
- Insert the threaded
guide shaft into the lift platform. Thread the guide shaft into the lift platform
so that one end of the shaft is just visible over the top of the lift platform.
- Finger tighten
the jam nut against the underside of the lift platform. Nearly all the length
of the guide shaft should extend down from the lift platform.
- Take one of
the two knurled brass nuts and thread it on to the threaded pillar extending
up from the cueing assembly with the raised center area facing upward. Thread
this as far down as it will go. (This will give the lowest cue height and
can be adjusted up from there as needed. If a lower cue height is desired,
do not use this lower brass nut.)
- Position the
lift platform so that the guide rod slides into the hold provided on the platter
side of the arm cone. The threaded shaft on the opposite side of the cueing
assembly will slide through the small hole provided for it.
- Thread the second
knurled brass nut on to the threaded shaft over the lift platform. Finger
tighten to secure the lift platform.
- The height of
the lift platform can now be adjusted as needed by:
the upper knurled brass nut.
the height of the lower knurled brass nut and lift platform
the upper nut to secure the lift platform.
- Place the arm
back on the pivot shaft, carefully passing the wire harness down through the
cut-out in the lift platform.
- Operate the
cueing assembly. The lift platform should now elevate the arm enough for adequate
clearance of the cartridge above the test disc (or record) but should not
lift the arm completely off the pivot shaft. (If the arm is raised too high
it may not re-seat properly on the pivot when lowered.)
- The inset screw
on the side of the cueing canister adjusts the rate of descent of the arm.
This can be adjusted using the supplied Allen key. Note: If the threaded
shaft of the cueing assembly interferes with the free movement of the outrigger
weight/anti-skate mechanism, loosen the lowest knurled locking nut and lower
the height of the threaded shaft to compensate. Repeat lift platform adjustments
- Plug the arm
wiring harness into the mating socket in the top of the output terminal. When
the plug is oriented correctly the triangle marking on the plug should face
the front of the turntable. Plugging this plug in the wrong way will not do
any harm but will reverse the left and right channels.
- Viewing the
turntable from the front, take the anti-skate string attached weight and place
the loop over the notched bar attached to the left of the arm pivot. Position
the loop in the notch nearest to the front of the arm.
- Hang the string
over the adjacent notched bar with the string in the notch nearest to the
front of the tonearm.
The anti-skate string should always be placed in the corresponding notched
positions on the two notched bars. The farther toward the rear of the tonearm
the string is set, the more anti-skate compensation you will have.
- Make sure that
the string and weight are hanging freely and are not obstructed nor obstructing
free movement elsewhere. You can now adjust the degree of anti-skate compensations
for your choice of cartridge.
- For correct
operation the height of the two notched bars should be approximately the same.
The notched bar attached to the arm base assembly can be adjusted in height
by loosening an Allen screw at its base and then re-positioning the height
of the bar.
In the interest of simplicity of operation we have provided the following
table of approximate anti-skate values. Please note that these are nominal
values and the exact anti-skate setting selected can vary from these general
recommendations. Due to extremely low friction offered by the unipivot design,
the amount of anti-skate compensation needed for your particular cartridge
may be less than would be neccessary with another tonearm.
Where it is
necessary to choose between two settings that both seem to work, the lower
setting will generally produce better sound.
Weight | Large Weight
1 - 0.50 - 0.75 gram | Postion 1 - 1.50 - 1.75 grams
Postion 2 - 0.70 - 1.00 gram | Postion 2 - 1.75 - 2.00 grams
Postion 3 - 1.00 - 1.25 gram | Postion 3 - 2.00 - 2.25 grams
Postion 4 - 1.25 - 1.50 gram | Postion 4 - 2.25 - 2.50 grams
the Dust Cover
- Install the
dust cover and check the position of the support pillars for the proper alignment
and freedom of movement. Tighten the screws holding the support pillars in
The dust cover
is intended as just that, a means to protect the turntable from dust when
it is not in use. It is not intended for use on the turntable when records
are being played. It is designed so that it can be easily removed when the
turntable is in use, and replaced when not in use.
If the dust
cover remains on a turntable when records are played it will act as an acoustical
antenna and contribute to acoustic feedback from the loudspeakers. Therefore
we have elected to eliminate the compromise to sound quality by providing
for simple removal and replacement.
more information please contact John Wright at (403) 968-1400 or email email@example.com