I have no idea what the others will say, but a blank disc has been my
method as well since forever. It makes the most sense and is really easy to
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On Tue, Dec 22, 2020 at 11:09 PM Corey Bailey <[log in to unmask]>
> Hi All,
> OK, I’m going to open up a can of worms here…………………
> Most turntables have an anti-skate adjustment. Some do not & some have a
> counterweight suspended from a thread (which, is surprisingly accurate).
> I learned years ago that the anti-skate (A-S) adjustment should be 9 to
> 11 % of the vertical tracking force (VTF).
> Once the turntable is set up & with everything properly adjusted, my
> method has been to adjust the A-S by playing a blank disc (usually a
> lacquer) & set the A-S so that the tonearm tracks steadily in the middle
> of the disc. A slight drift towards the center is desirable but
> generally difficult to achieve. When digital recording became the norm,
> I began visually & audibly checking the fades for all of the material
> being transferred from disc to make sure the modulation is equal (unless
> it is intended otherwise). When I purchased my 1^st set of AES Coarse
> Groove Calibration discs, (AES-S001-064) I was pleasantly surprised to
> find a generous band of no modulation in the center of the discs
> although there is no mention that it is to be used for A-S adjustment.
> I recently read that an easy way to adjust A-S is to adjust it so that
> the tone arm stays steady in the dead wax area of the record to be
> played. I tried this & found that when the tone arm is placed in the
> center of a blank disc, the tone arm travels to the outside of the disc.
> So, what’s the correct adjustment? I thought I’d ask the experts on this
> forum: How do you adjust anti-skate? Do you use sophisticated
> measurement tools? Comments? Opinions?
> Happy Holidays,
> Corey Bailey Audio Engineering