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RE: I don't disagree with you,...

Yes! I do indeed use a USB microscope with a mirror, then scrutinize the still photo to refine the azimuth of the tip.
I appreciate that not everyone will have the tools at hand to use this method. However, the cost of very adequate USB microscopes is such that they are within easy reach of all but the most impecunious of audiophiles!

I definitely don't go for the "equal crosstalk" method as the channel imbalance and frequency response anomalies that affect nearly all cartridges to a greater or lesser extent will mean that one rarely gets "all of the stars in perfect alignment" as it were!
The reason for my rejection of the "equal crosstalk method" is that I have styli where the tip happens to be "perfect" in terms of perpendicularity with respect to the body and the channel separation was anything BUT equal which I put down to coil variances. If one went for equal crosstalk, one would actually introduce a significant tip alignment error and drop the crosstalk to a lower value. I did many experiments to prove to myself that the tip itself was the important parameter. Peter Ledermann stressed this in relation to the OLC tip which I had put on a Denon DL160 - Having seen the shape under a microscope, it is evident that it wouldn't tolerate much alignment error before it was no longer sitting in the groove sensibly!


Regards Anthony

"Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty.." Keats


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