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I need to set the balance on my tone arm I have a model AL-F3

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  • gievo Aug 31, 2010

    Not on this model the back of the tone arm does not turn but it has an anti skating dial that goes from 0-3

  • gievo Sep 01, 2010

    I have a perfectly good record skipping so what should I set the anti skate number to it has 2 - 3 digit calibrations in inner and outer circle?

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This is not a problem i have many turntables and have worked in repairing them for years. But since it is not broken and you just need to set the weight of the tone arm this is not a problem. If you look at the tone arms pivot point. On the end of the tone arm you will see a round black weight. Turn it till it is at about 1-1.5 grams of weight. This should be the proper adjustment. if you still have issues with skipping cause the weight isnt heavy enough turn the tone arm back more in small increments till it is the proper weight. If you cant figure it out or have any other problems please follow up with a comment and from there i will be glad to assist you. Thanks, Midwest-tek

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    Nathan Ayers Sep 01, 2010

    anti skate has to do with skipping and retraction. But if it doesnt have a adjustable balance weight thats because it is a household unit and the weight is preset from the factory. What is happening that you feel you need to adjust the balance of the tone arm?

  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Sep 01, 2010

    ya set the anti skate 1 digit at a time. And work it through another thing i can recommend is to get a level out. Then place it on the platter closest to the needle and make sure the turntable is level. But if its weighted at the factory and you want more weight and the anti skate wont work. What i would do tape a penny or a dime on the top of the needle. ive used it on 60s-70s turntables that dont have adjustable weights. but when you do this it adds roughly 2.5 grams for a penny or a dime will add 2.3 grams. You can also tape something smaller on the top of the needle to add more weight. I know of dj's that tape several pennies to the top of there needles to reduce shock and movement of the needles. But the anti skate should solve any problems you have.

  • Nathan Ayers
    Nathan Ayers Sep 01, 2010

    also make sure the records are cleaned you can do this by taking zippo lighter fluid and putting it on a microfiber towel then letting the record spin will you hold the towel just lightly enough to leave a trace that there is lighter fluid on it. Only use zippo type lighter fluid.

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