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VM Tracking force tool.
« on: February 19, 2018, 12:09:37 PM »
Just curious what is the best tool for adjusting that little U shaped clip on the VM 1200 series to set the tracking force where they won't go flying.

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Re: VM Tracking force tool.
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2018, 01:31:31 PM »
Just curious what is the best tool for adjusting that little U shaped clip on the VM 1200 series to set the tracking force where they won't go flying.
I think it may be a matter of technique here.

I always remove the tension spring first. Then, the u-clip retainer can
be easily moved up or down the tone arm adjustment grade.
Then the spring end is stretched to attach to the u-clip.

I use a heavy set of needle nose pliers, if the u-clip is particularly heavy.
Some clips were light, and some clips used what seems like heavy spring steel.
A solid pair of needle nose will grip the clip well. Try to get a pair that
have grip grooves machined into the inside of the nose's ends.
HFF

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Re: VM Tracking force tool.
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2018, 06:17:10 PM »

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I always remove the tension spring first. Then, the u-clip retainer can
be easily moved up or down the tone arm adjustment grade.
Then the spring end is stretched to attach to the u-clip.
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I'm always amazed at how obvious a solution is after somebody else points it out.  I've always just grabbed the clip, spring and all, with pliers and hoped for the best.  Now I wonder why I was so stupid. 

Chris Campbell


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Re: VM Tracking force tool.
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2018, 07:16:20 PM »

I'm always amazed at how obvious a solution is after somebody else points it out.  I've always just grabbed the clip, spring and all, with pliers and hoped for the best. 

Chris Campbell

Chris,
Guess what ? That revelation came to me after many
times the u-clip flew into oblivion.
I find that learning to do things smarter is an unending and
welcome process !
HFF

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Re: VM Tracking force tool.
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2018, 07:34:01 PM »
And you know, learning better ways to do things and accumulating knowledge is what makes getting old more interesting.  Sometimes I grin to myself about my younger, less informed world.  I've posted comments from time to time bout how surprising it is to find myself liking my father's music--Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, plus lots of music he wouldn't have liked (like the 21st century music I'm trying to move to the iPod). Today's ear worm was a song from the ca. 1960 Broadway musical, "The Unsinkable Molly Brown."  My parents saw it on a trip to NY and bought the LP. I played it on my Dad's Magnavox console once I was old enough to handle the device.  I bought another copy at the Goodwill store and gave it a washing.  All day I've been singing (to myself) and whistling "I'll Never Say No to You," a wonderful song performed in full voice by Harve Presnell.  The YouTube version is from the movie and the B'way cast version is better. 

As we get older, and sometimes wiser, the world is so much more interesting.

Chris Campbell