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Posted on January 9, 2017 at 13:01:46
E-Stat
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While changing cartridges on my Ariston/SME table, I was thinking about mounting screw orientation.

Do you prefer having tonearm mounting screws face up or face down? I see lots of folks put the bolts on top. It's clearly a visual thing, but I prefer seeing screw heads on top. I looked back at a pic of the same table from 1983 with a different arm and found my preference hasn't changed.


 

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Screw up, posted on January 9, 2017 at 13:19:32
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hard to put the screwdriver under the arm, while a wrench or pliers fit better.

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I'm a pragmatist..., posted on January 9, 2017 at 13:59:31
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Whatever direction is easiest and is least likely to result in accidental damage to the cartridge is the direction I choose. I could not care less how it looks, either way.

 

There are many cartridges...., posted on January 9, 2017 at 14:46:01
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....with threaded holes. This makes everything a lot easier.

 

RE: May be a dumb question, but..., posted on January 9, 2017 at 15:41:24
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Screw entry from the top makes it easier to make adjustments and tighten when aligning the cartridge. However, it depends very much on the cartridge design/shape and nut type. Ortofon have the right idea with the 2M series and pre-tapped holes in the cartridge. If only other companies had thought of that!
For example with a Denon DL110, they have a knurled round nut which is recessed within the screw channel so it is VERY hard to lock in place when tightening the screw without damaging the body in the process. The intention with this cartridge is that the nuts are on top.


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RE: May be a dumb question, but..., posted on January 9, 2017 at 15:53:29
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Agree about having threaded bodies. Both a Shinon and Dynavector are that way, but not the Shure M97 I installed.

 

RE: May be a dumb question, but..., posted on January 9, 2017 at 17:42:42
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It depends which way you install your toilet paper.

 

RE: May be a dumb question, but..., posted on January 9, 2017 at 18:03:34
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I prefer the screw head up for ascetic reasons, but I will do what ever works best for the particular combination. I was in the business and have setup many more tables than I can remember. I have done it both way many times.

Dave

 

RE: May be a dumb question, but..., posted on January 9, 2017 at 18:35:54
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Facing up , & , the slot in the screw heads must line up perpendicular to the body of the cart.

 

I like one in either direction..., posted on January 9, 2017 at 21:20:04
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just to be on the safe side.


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:), posted on January 10, 2017 at 05:57:59
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Is that like staggered shocks on older GM F bodies?

 

I've always liked using ..., posted on January 10, 2017 at 09:11:24
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...hex-head screws.

Hex heads are easier to tighten and since the wrench is captive, it won't slip.

I usually put the screw on top.



Dean.



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using ..., posted on January 10, 2017 at 10:06:23
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Good answer. I was already thinking hex heads as I read the beginning of your reply.
...regards...tr

 

Well, heck, posted on January 10, 2017 at 10:14:02
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I haven't even thought about my Shure V15 IV mounting in about 20 years.

Now you made me look.

It looks fine.

I'll look again in another 20 years.

:)

 

question......, posted on January 10, 2017 at 10:24:02
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For looks, screw head on top, for ease of mounting, nut on top but reels Ithaca is right about hex screws.

Have you seen the oversized screws sold by Soundsmith? I want some!

Your SME seems to have a fixed headshell. In lieu of a detachable shell, I prefer to remove the arm for cartridge mounting. With a Grace 707 or other captive bearing arm, I will invert the entire arm, maybe not such a good idea with knife edge bearing arms.

Of course it's easier with a removable she'll or wand.
...regards...tr

 

Over...., posted on January 10, 2017 at 10:29:04
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The TOP of course.
...regards...tr

 

RE: question......, posted on January 10, 2017 at 10:38:23
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Yeah, I removed the entire armboard with the SME and carefully inverted it.

Since the M97 isn't threaded, I lightly attached the nuts to the screws first, then wiggled the cartridge between them and tightened the screws.

 

It's not something I do with much frequency either, posted on January 10, 2017 at 10:42:34
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I am thinking of selling my old table, but wanted to keep the Shinon Red that was in it and use the Shure M97 instead. :)

 

RE: Another advantage to a wall mount, posted on January 10, 2017 at 13:42:47
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Arm and cartridge are at eye level which makes all but setting azimuth a snap.

Next time you get stitches at the ER, probably resulting from your use of knife-edge bearings, ask to keep the hemostat. Invaluable for holding small nuts captive and, of course, as a roach clip.



 

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