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Numark TTUSB tonearm adjustment
rocket_pc
post Dec 11 2009, 22:03
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I have first browsed the wiki for this, though only a few minutes. My question is about adjusting the tone arm on the Numark TTUSB. Can anybody tell me where there are instructions on adjusting the counterweight on the tone arm of the Numark TTUSB and adjusting the anti-skate mechanism?

I got the turntable yesterday. The instructions in the operator's manual is insufficient, with only a few sentences on the subject that seem very ambiguous to me.

The manual says,
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...there should be a feeling of weight and resistance when the head shell is raised and lowered. Begin rotating the counterweight clockwise (away from the pivot point) until the weight and resistance feeling is gone. If done properly, the tone arm will pivot with very little resistance back and forth indicating that there is exactly 0 grams of stylus pressure. With the counterweight in its new position further away from tone arm pivot point, grasp the scale ring of the counter weight and rotate it until "0" is in the vertical position. Finally, rotate the counterweight (and scale ring) counter-clockwise (towards the pivot point) until the desired amount of weight is reached. If the scale rotates 360 degrees beyond the zero point, the new scale ring reading should be added to 3.5.

I don't understand these instructions at all. I remember seeing somewhere last month, when shopping for this, mention of some website or other with instructions on adjusting the tonearm and antiskate functions.

Thank you, in advance, for your attention on this subject.

Don

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post Feb 10 2010, 10:48
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Hi all, I'm back, for a moment.

Up front, the purpose of my posting today, is to ask anybody here about a quality, (but in the budget range of thirty dollars, no more than fifty for the whole tonearm/cartridge) replacement of this "groove tool" on my Numark TTUSB?


From my recollection, I had made the decision to purchase the Numark TTUSB, in part because of the Knowzy website. In this Hydrogenaudio thread, your link showing a Numark website link of all its cartridges as DJ, and even that the cartridge on mine is called a "groove tool," had taken me by surprise.

The Knowzy website had a tool for sorting out turntables according to their features. I had chosen obviously to keep out DJ turntables, and believe that the Numark was listed after cutting out the DJ turntables. I wouldn't have purchased the Numark TTUSB turntable if I had thought it was a DJ turntable.

Many features of this Numark point to a non-DJ turntable: Antiskate adjustment, tonearm weight adjustment, the S-shaped tonearm, the belt drive instead of direct drive, the USB linein input. Another website suggested that the aluminum platter was a good feature for fine quality. This "groove tool" DJ cartridge thing came out of obscurity.

I don't want to grind out the threads on my vinyls with this groove tool. Can anybody tell me of a a quality cartridge to replace the cartridge that is on my turntable? I'd rather replace the tonearm, while replacing the cartridge, to be certain that the cartridge matches the tonearm, and tonearm that has fine adjustment of the counterweight than this groove tool/ tonearm. Anything in the budget range of thirty dollars? (no more than fifty for the whole tonearm/cartridge).



I don't have any interest in DJ turntables, nor getting into it. The impression I got of DJ turntables is of how some photographers were playing with photographic film after digital cameras came in, rubbing the photographic film during processing, mutilation, etc to create "artsy" images, using up extra film they had around. In the same way, "DJs", with the arrival of CDs and digital music replacing LPs, were abusing LP records and turntables, scratching the records and putting their hands on the platter to make odd sounds. Because DJs were making their income from playing for parties, group functions, etc, they were spending money on turntables. Turntable producers therefore gained a market, producing "DJ" turntables. Just because turntable producers are making alot of money from these turntables doesn't mean that these turntables should be pushed onto the market of consumers of quality turntable music.

Don



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post Feb 11 2010, 19:21
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QUOTE (rocket_pc @ Feb 10 2010, 09:48) *
Can anybody tell me of a a quality cartridge to replace the cartridge that is on my turntable? I'd rather replace the tonearm, while replacing the cartridge, to be certain that the cartridge matches the tonearm, and tonearm that has fine adjustment of the counterweight than this groove tool/ tonearm.

I don't have much more to add above what Knowsy has already said, except to address your desire to replace the tonearm as well as the cartridge.

I don't have any personal experience with the Numark TT, but looking at pictures of it on the web, I'd say that replacing the tonearm looks to be a difficult operation. The tonearm has a base that looks to be an integral part of the whole turntable - it's clearly not intended to be a replacable part (in the way that the tonearm on say a Thorens or Linn turntable is easily replaced). In contrast, it clearly has a detachable headshell with 1/2" fixing centres, so mounting a new cartridge will be relatively straighforward. Go with a modest HiFi moving magnet from the likes of Ortofon, Audio Technica, Shure, etc, preferably with an elliptical stylus. And download & print out a cartridge protractor so you align it properly. You can get a basic one here, or if you're interested in looking at a variety of types, see here.
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- rocket_pc   Numark TTUSB tonearm adjustment   Dec 11 2009, 22:03
- - DVDdoug   I don't have that turntable, but the instructi...   Dec 11 2009, 22:47
- - rocket_pc   Thank you for the reply, DVDdoug. I didn't se...   Dec 12 2009, 23:12
- - rocket_pc   Thinking about this, once again, adjusting the ton...   Dec 13 2009, 05:30
|- - MichaelW   QUOTE (rocket_pc @ Dec 13 2009, 16:30) Th...   Dec 13 2009, 06:47
- - rocket_pc   Thanks for the reply, Michael. Okay, now I unders...   Dec 13 2009, 21:24
- - MichaelW   I can't give a reasonable explanation of anti-...   Dec 13 2009, 21:28
- - pdq   As the record turns, the needle dragging in the gr...   Dec 14 2009, 00:11
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (pdq @ Dec 13 2009, 23:11) As the r...   Dec 14 2009, 09:49
- - rocket_pc   Thank you for your replies. Michael, the google s...   Dec 14 2009, 01:47
- - Axon   Antiskate is complicated, and different instructio...   Dec 14 2009, 04:19
- - Axon   Adjusting by ear means adjusting both the tracking...   Dec 14 2009, 11:40
- - rocket_pc   I could just "adjust by ear" - listen to...   Dec 14 2009, 19:47
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (rocket_pc @ Dec 14 2009, 18:47) I ...   Dec 15 2009, 09:43
- - rocket_pc   Thank you for your reply, cliveb. I hope you unde...   Jan 10 2010, 08:59
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (rocket_pc @ Jan 10 2010, 07:59) An...   Jan 10 2010, 10:52
|- - rocket_pc   QUOTE The force that draws the stylus towards the ...   Jan 10 2010, 12:26
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (rocket_pc @ Jan 10 2010, 11:26) cl...   Jan 10 2010, 15:08
|- - rocket_pc   QUOTE However, I don't believe HFS75 is availa...   Jan 10 2010, 16:41
- - rocket_pc   Hi cliveb, Thank you for your reply. I've go...   Jan 12 2010, 06:18
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (rocket_pc @ Jan 12 2010, 05:18) I ...   Jan 12 2010, 09:34
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (rocket_pc @ Jan 12 2010, 00:18) I ...   Jan 12 2010, 14:09
- - rocket_pc   There shouldn't be too much wear from testing,...   Jan 13 2010, 00:30
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (rocket_pc @ Jan 12 2010, 23:30) Th...   Jan 13 2010, 10:49
- - Axon   The Ultimate Test LP is also worth looking at, and...   Jan 13 2010, 00:31
- - rocket_pc   Hi audiophiles, Thank you for your replies, Clive...   Jan 21 2010, 06:39
- - Knowzy   QUOTE (cliveb @ Jan 12 2010, 01:34) You...   Jan 21 2010, 21:19
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (Knowzy @ Jan 21 2010, 20:19) A bet...   Jan 22 2010, 13:27
|- - paulhyland   QUOTE (cliveb @ Jan 22 2010, 07:27) QUOTE...   Feb 14 2012, 20:30
|- - Arnold B. Krueger   QUOTE (paulhyland @ Feb 14 2012, 14:30) Q...   Feb 15 2012, 14:41
- - rocket_pc   Hi Knowsy, I believe that you're the guy whom...   Jan 22 2010, 02:16
- - Knowzy   QUOTE (rocket_pc @ Jan 21 2010, 18:16) Hi...   Jan 22 2010, 06:27
- - Knowzy   QUOTE (cliveb @ Jan 22 2010, 05:27) I res...   Jan 22 2010, 19:06
- - rocket_pc   Thank you very much for your replies. What I thin...   Jan 23 2010, 05:23
- - Knowzy   QUOTE (rocket_pc @ Jan 22 2010, 20:23) Wh...   Jan 23 2010, 22:09
- - rocket_pc   Okay, I won't get that. How can they they eve...   Jan 23 2010, 23:14
- - Knowzy   QUOTE (rocket_pc @ Jan 23 2010, 14:14) Ho...   Jan 23 2010, 23:28
|- - arranzio   Hi Rocket I just arrived here googleing, looking ...   Jan 29 2010, 12:59
- - Knowzy   Hi Albert, Welcome to HA. That is a lot to diges...   Jan 30 2010, 02:05
|- - arranzio   Thanks for your comments, Jeff. Yes pretty long, ...   Jan 30 2010, 02:34
- - rocket_pc   Hi all, I aggree that this Numark is a lousy turn...   Jan 30 2010, 18:15
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (rocket_pc @ Jan 30 2010, 17:15) Th...   Jan 31 2010, 10:54
- - rocket_pc   Hi cliveb, I wouldn't conclude that this Num...   Jan 31 2010, 12:05
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (rocket_pc @ Jan 31 2010, 11:05) I ...   Feb 1 2010, 10:39
- - Knowzy   QUOTE (rocket_pc @ Jan 30 2010, 09:15) Th...   Feb 1 2010, 20:40
- - rocket_pc   Thank you for your replies. I've got a couple...   Feb 2 2010, 06:23
- - rocket_pc   My digital camera is malfunctioning. Reading from...   Feb 3 2010, 01:34
- - Knowzy   QUOTE (rocket_pc @ Feb 2 2010, 16:34) Rea...   Feb 3 2010, 06:37
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (Knowzy @ Feb 3 2010, 05:37) I...   Feb 3 2010, 10:01
- - rocket_pc   Thank you for your replies. Jotted down the info ...   Feb 3 2010, 17:29
- - Knowzy   QUOTE (rocket_pc @ Feb 3 2010, 08:29) Hav...   Feb 3 2010, 23:08
- - rocket_pc   Hi all, I'm back, for a moment. Up front, t...   Feb 10 2010, 10:48
|- - rocket_pc   PS: The Shure cartridge that you mentioned in thi...   Feb 10 2010, 10:56
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (rocket_pc @ Feb 10 2010, 09:48) Ca...   Feb 11 2010, 19:21
- - Knowzy   QUOTE (rocket_pc @ Feb 10 2010, 01:48) Th...   Feb 11 2010, 07:50
- - rocket_pc   Thank you for your reply, cliveb and knowsy, It w...   Feb 11 2010, 23:09


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