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Can you hypothesize a mechanism for that?

I gather the basis for your idea is that the gauge readout goes unstable when the cartridge even approaches the weigh pan, without even touching it. Is that so? That's interesting. I will have to check it out with mine. I've owned mine for several years now. Since I have all too many cartridges and turntables, I use it quite a bit. It's always rock steady in read-out and never reads anything but zero when tared with no weight on the pan. My scale is identical to the one shown by Fremer in the URL I posted above (but I did not pay $80 for it).

If your weigh pan is magnetic or if something under the weigh pan is magnetic, I could imagine that the readout would go unstable even with the cartridge hovering over it but not touching it, because in that case the magnetic attraction would be pulling upward on the weigh pan, which would no doubt perturb the readout.

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