SoundSmith Counter Intuitive
Allows Highly Accurate Tracking Force and Azimuth Settings
The Counter Intuitive is designed to assist you in dialing
in the exact tracking force and azimuth on a VPI tonearm. It’s a C-Clamp
which slides over your existing counterweight, allowing easy and
precise independent adjustment of the tracking force and azimuth. Just
apply the sticker and slide the Counter Intuitive over the stock weight, then
just set the tracking force and azimuth as you normally would. Then tighten the
Allen screw, which is almost impossible to do without the counterweight moving
slightly. Once the counterweight has been tightened down, the Counter Intuitive
can be gently rotated for fine adjustments of your cartridge’s azimuth
and slides back and forth for fine, accurate adjustments to your
tracking force. This is simply brilliant!
The SoundSmith Counter Intuitive is a "C"-Clamp
design which slides over the counterweight allowing easy and high precision
independent adjustments of both tracking force and azimuth, eliminating
the frustration of "counterweight-slide" syndrome. Once the sticker
has been applied and the Counter Intuitive has been slid over
the counterweight, set the tracking force and azimuth as you normally would.
Once the counterweight has been tightened down, the Counter Intuitive can
be gently rotated for fine adjustments in azimuth and slides back and forth for
fine adjustments to tracking force. Brilliant!
Each Counter Intuitive is made of a thermally stable damping
polymer composite with brass inserts. Individually hand machined to exacting
specs, the Counter Intuitive is designed to last a lifetime.
Depending on which counterweight is used, the Counter Intuitive allows
up to ±0.2-0.3 Gm of fine tracking force adjustment plus azimuth
control. The Counter Intuitive moves easily over the
plasticized sticker, but holds position once the correct setting is achieved.
A pair of Wide stickers marked in a grid pattern are included with each Counter
Intuitive. These may be cut to fit any VPI weight as shown in the
image above and are then adhered to the counterweight creating a high-level of
repeatability. The stickers are protected with a thick 2mil clear plastic
overlay, so light markings can be made with pen, pencil or marker and later
removed if necessary. The stickers are highly-adhesive and will affix
themselves semi-permanently to the counterweight after 24 hours, however, for
the first several hours after adhesion they can be carefully removed and
repositioned without damage.
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