This may have already been mentioned, since I've not read all the many 
responses on this tracking subject (I should rename this "Tracking 
tricks was De-static question", but I've been chastised in the past for 
using the wrong syntax, so I'll stick with the above). 

My turntable is not the most expensive nor the cheapest, but I've had 
good success by elevating the left side of the table when I have 
skipping from warped disks.  Of course, I have to experiment to find the 
best angle or degree, but generally I find raising the table two or 
three inches by putting a stack of CD cases under the two left feet 
seems to do the job.  I think most of the modern tables arms are so well 
balanced that they will track in this position, even without the 
warping, but the angle helps gravity exert enough sideways force to help 
get past the up and down gyrations.  I've saved quite a few disk to 
computer transfers this way.

Rod Stephens
Family Theater Productions

Tom Fine wrote:

> I've had it work for vinyl, but I've only done it when it was 
> untrackable at 3 grams. So only a few times. And even after it's 
> fixed, it's still hill-and-dale hell, so usually not even worth 
> listening or transferring. But since so much interesting stuff is out 
> of print or never made it to CD, a fella needs an arsenal of tricks.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "steven c" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2006 5:48 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] De-static question
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Tom Fine" 
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>>> I think the only time you'd do this -- EVER -- would be if you 
>>> cannot dial
>> your tonearm heavy enough
>>> to track a very badly warped record. And I think you'd be better off
>> investing in a couple of plates
>>> of 13"x13" glass and putting the record in an oven on the WARM 
>>> setting and
>> no higher for an hour or
>>> two and then turning the oven off and letting it cool to room temp. The
>> top plate of glass should be
>>> heavier than the bottom plate, so gravity can be your ally. I'd much
>> rather take measures on the
>>> vinyl than on the cartridge and tonearm.
>> While that method works just fine for shellac discs (78's), I tend to
>> wonder how well it would work on vinyl records. With vinyl, the warpage
>> as actually caused by expansion, and not by the substance becoming more
>> flexible as its temperature rises...
>> Steven C. Barr