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I just set up my audio technica AT-PL120 for the first time, and I can't stop the tonearm from drifting back to the rest. I can't get the stylus to stay straight unless I add more on to the counterweight, which is not going to be good for my records. My anti-skate is set at 0 and the turntable is on a level surface. What should I do?

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KEEP THE ANTI SKATE AT 0 FOR NOW,then you need 2 balance the tonearm with the rear counterweight so it just hovers at around the height of the platter.now you need to zero the gauge on the rear counterweight being carefull not to turn the counterweight,then check again that the tonearm still hovers.then screw counterweight inwards untill the dial on counterweight reads between 1.5- 2 grams dependin on tracking weight of cartridge.then adjust antiskate 2 whatever u set the tracking weight to.i would also double check with a spirit level ur level surface

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