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(I thought of adding this question to the thread about getting accurate readings but thought it made sense to add a separate thread so it wouldn't get lost)
I have a Shure M97x with the stock stylus as well as VL and SAS styli. I've always read that for Shure styli with brushes, people should add an extra 0.5g to the recommended tracking force when the brush is down. However, I would think this is when using the scale on the counterweight to adjust the VTF. The ultimate downward force on the stylus would still be, for example, 1.25g. So if I'm using a digital stylus force gauge, my thinking is that if I adjust to the the digital scale reads 1.75g, that's actually the force on the stylus tip and is 0.5g higher than the recommended force.
What do you think?
Doesn't that cart feature a Dampened Brush?
As in they put a Tiny drop of hi viscosity Sillycone on tit's pivot?
Some Weenies swear that it's the best thing since Sex.
But then some will get behind Anything.. sigh.
Personally I don't know.
But then I've bought used most every Cart Shure made over the last 4 decades. Won't be revisiting the brand any time soon.
On the scale platform, both stylus and brush contribute to measured downforce. During play the brush is supported by the record, relieving the cart of .5 gm. Add .5 to desired VTF when setting by scale.
Never used the brush with my V15's. It sings (tracks the grooves) and gives a pre-echo, something you don't want to add to analog which already tends to have a pre-echo problem.
Flip it up or better, take it off.
"If people don't want to come, nothing will stop them" - Sol Hurok
I've always taken the brush off.
Has nothing to do with setting the tracking force by using the scale on the tonearms counterweight!
If you're utilizing the brush down on a Shure cartridge Shure recommends that you add 0.5g to the tracking force no matter what type of scale or indicator you use to measure it.
Don't overthink things ;-)
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