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RCA VLT 40 - RP227 tracking force question
« on: August 30, 2017, 09:01:36 AM »
I do not have a Sams to refer to, but how is tracking force adjusted?

The cartridge hinges in the tone arm at the back of the head, so if the arm tracks too heavy, the push-in white retaining clip rides on the record instead of the stylus. I hack-fixed it by placing some tissue paper on top of the cart to limit its upward movement. It plays well but tracks over 8g, too much for a 2-4g stylus.

The tonearm is too heavy and only a shaft screw and spring hold the arm on. No counterweights, but maybe that's an option to add them.

I have a spare one of these changers from a VLT51 1968 Ann Arbor. Looking at both it and the one I'm restoring, I see nothing besides a fixed spring that can affect tracking force.
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