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Shure Stylus Force Guage SFG-2
List Price: $36.00
The Shure SFG-2 will allow you to set your tracking force using this gauge to within 1/10 of a gram. Force is measured with the tonearm in its actual playing postion. Easy to use, accurate and inexpensive - a must have for anyone serious about vinyl playback. It measures between 1/2 gram and 3 grams - it is most accurate between 1/2 and 1 1/2 grams.
The Shure Model SFG-2 Stylus Tracking Force Gauge is a highly
accurate beam balance that is designed for measuring stylus
tracking forces from 0.5 to 3.0 grams in .05 gram increments. Its
rolling bearing pin pivots are engineered for minimal friction.
Each SFG-2 Tracking Force Gauge is factory calibrated.
Instructions for use:
1. Ensure that your turntable is on a level surface and that its
platter is level.
2. Place the SFG-2 on your turntable platter so that the turn-table
spindle fits into the vee notch of the SFG-2, as pictured
above. For better stability, you may instead place the SFG-
2 on top of an LP record. Temporarily set anti-skating controls
on your turntable or tonearm to zero.
3. Position the sliding weight on the SFG-2 at the tracking force
that you would like to set for your tonearm (measured in
grams). For forces over 1.50 grams, set the weight to half
the desired force.
4. Carefully lower the tonearm and cartridge so that the stylus
rests in one of the grooves on the lever arm. If you dialed in
the force desired, use the groove labelled “TIMES 1"; If you
dialed in half the desired force, use the “TIMES 2" groove, as
5. Carefully lift the stylus out of the groove and adjust your tonearm's
counterweight to reduce or increase the tracking
force as necessary. Adjust the tracking force until the white
pointers, visible in the mirror, are edge to edge.
6. When finished, reset any anti-skate adjustments according
to your tonearm or turntable manufacturer's instructions.
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