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Ortofon Stylus Tracking Force Gauge Scale Tool


Ortofon Stylus Tracking Force Gauge Scale Tool

The Ortofon tracking force gauge is a simple budget tool for turntables that is used to determine the stylus tracking force. The tracking force is the downward pressure that is applied by the weight of the tonearm through the cartridge stylus and onto the vinyl record. It is important to set the proper tracking force in order to maximize the playback performance and to reduce the risk of mistracking or causing excessive record wear. Check for the manufacturers recommended settings for your stylus tracking force. The Ortofon tracking force gauge tool is a small plastic pivot type scale that will accurately measure tracking force between 8 mN (0.8 g) and 30 mN (3 g). (Photograph 1)

Ortofon Stylus Tracking Force Gauge Scale Tool

Photograph 1: Ortofon Stylus Tracking Force Gauge Scale Tool


Instructions - Ortofon Stylus Tracking Force Tool

The Ortofon stylus force gauge is simple to use. Very gently, rest the cartridge stylus (needle) into the grooved guide track at the desired tracking force marking. (Photograph 2) Next, adjust the counter-weight or tonearm pressure dials until the Oftofon pivot scale is in balance. The scale on the force gauge is marked in millinewtons (mN). For quick conversion into grams (g), 1 g is about 10 mN.

8 mN = 0.82 g
10 mN = 1.02 g
12.5 mN = 1.27 g
15 mN = 1.53 g
20 mN = 2.04 g
25 mN = 2.55 g
30 mN = 3.06 g

Ortofon Stylus Tracking Force Setup

Photograph 2: Ortofon Stylus Tracking Force Gauge Setup

Stop relying on the stylus pressure dials on the tonearm as they are often inaccurate. After using a tracking force gauge for the first time you realize that a tracking force scale really is an essential setup tool to get the most performance from your hi-fi turntable. For only $15 the Ortofon stylus gauge makes an excellent first stylus scale for the hi-fi enthusiast.


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