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In Reply to: RE: Great stylus force gauge-cheap posted by Not Yet There on July 10, 2017 at 07:22:07
The recommended scale has accuracy (resolution) to 1/100 of a gram only. I think it's important to have that kind of accuracy. Furthermore, I don't believe in adjusting VTF by ear. YMMV
If you do not believe in adjusting VTF by ear, how do you determine the best vtf when most manufactures recommend a VTF range eg. 1.8 - 2.2 grams??
In addition, I have yet to see a manufacture recommend a tracking force to 1/100 of a gram.
Are you suggesting it's wrong for me to require my digital scale to have 0.01-gram resolution just because "you have yet to see a manufacturer recommend a tracking force to 1/100 of a gram?"
Are you also suggesting that it's difficult to figure out how to set VTF with a digital scale just because "most manufacturers recommend a VTF range, eg., 1.8 - 2.2 grams?"
Wow! I've never had the slightest problem with either one of those things.
You missed my question completely. Your Audio Technica ART7 has a manufacture's recommended tracking force of 1.6 to 2.00 grams. You mentioned that you do not tweak your vtf by ear. My question is, do you then just set your vtf at the midpoint of the manufacture's recommended range i.e. 1.8g and be done with it?? Would you pay a premium for a digital gauge with 0.01 resolution over one with a 0.1. If the former, I would be interested to understand for what purpose does the added resolution serve in your setup. Not an argument, just a question
Yes, manufacturers give a range as you've stated, but many also include the "optimum" weight setting and it's nice to know you've dialed in this manufacturer suggested setting as accurately as possible. If still requiring some sort of tweaking you now have a base to start from and an accurate means of repeating those settings.
The reason I jumped into this thread is because you implied the digital scale recommended by Batman had resolution of 0.001-gram. This is incorrect! It's resolution is actually 0.01-gram, which is the standard resolution for a digital stylus force scale and does not represent added resolution.
Furthermore, if you feel that $11 represents a premium price for a digital scale, you obviously have no experience with digital scales, especially those designed for measuring stylus tracking force. Needle Doctor sells the Shure tracking force scale for $39 and it's just a simple balance scale with accuracy no greater than 0.1-gram.
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