View Full Version : Cart mounting screw set.Needed or not.
09-08-2009, 07:17 PM
Im about to order a AT440MLa cart and a straight arm headshell for my HK turntable from LP Gear and wanted to know if the cart will come with the screw set or if I need to order it too.?
And does anyone know if that headshell will work on my tonearm??
09-09-2009, 01:54 AM
The cart if new should come with mounting hardware. No idea about the headshell though. That HK model takes a headshell mount that is round with a flat spot on top that fits into the arm tube. As long as the headshell you are buying is the same configuration you should be ok. I don't know if you have a manual but here's a link to one: http://manuals.harman.com/hk/Service%20Manual/T55C%20sm.pdf
09-11-2009, 03:12 PM
I won an AT440MLa on ebay and I got it in less than 48 hours later.AWSOME.Its in great condition and did come with mounting hardware.Now I just have to wait for the headshell that I bought a just after I won the 440MLa...I cant wait to listen to vinyl again.Its been years.Anyone have one of those ProTractor Cartridge Alignment Tools with Zero Level I can borrow.PLEASE...
09-11-2009, 04:01 PM
fbm211, congrats on the 440MLa. I have one in my basement retro system and really like it.
You can download a protractor from The Vinyl Engine (http://www.vinylengine.com/cartridge-alignment-protractors.shtml). I prefer to use a laser printer as they seem to print more accurate. There is a scale on the protractor you measure after printing to ensure it is the correct size.
Check out the link to the manual Fongolio provided. It shows you how to set the overhang and lists the spec, 18mm. Overhang is the distance from the stylus tip to the center of spindle. You can use a ruler to measure or make an overhang gauge using the ruler. They show the arm will swing over the spindle (not all turntables will allow this). Align the stylus in the headshell to 18mm from the center line of the spindle and snug the screws. Then use the protractor to ensure the alignment is correct.
Be very careful not to damage the stylus when setting overhang/alignment. Also back off the tracking force so you don't have too much pressure on the stylus when aligning.
As long as your cantilever is straight in the cartridge body (the rod the stylus is attached to), you can use the cartridge body to align the cartridge to the lines on the protractor. Some cantilevers are slightly crooked from the factory, or by mishandling.
Check out the overhang scale to the left of the spindle hole on the pictured protractor.
09-11-2009, 05:42 PM
Thanks..But I dont have a printer.I suppose I can order the thing from LP gear but damn there expensive for something so simple.Im also looking at a set of audio technica audio insulators on the bay but there getting up there in price.Anyone know if the ones LP gear sells are at least as good as the one I will add a link to????
LP gear link>http://www.lpgear.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=LG&Product_Code=AT6091&Category_Code=PE
09-12-2009, 04:38 AM
You have a FedEx Office (formerly Kinkos) or something similar nearby? I have emailed my local Office large items to print. Shouldn't cost much to print a protractor, like one 8.5 x 11 page.
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