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The Soundsmith Counter Intuitive Tracking Force & Azimuth Adjustment for VPI Counterweights and EZ-Mount Cartridge Screws Combo.
Soundsmith Counter Intuitive:
Easily adjust both tracking force and azimuth, A must have device for VPI owners!
The Soundsmith Counter Intuitive Tracking Force & Azimuth Adjustment for VPI Counterweights. The Counter Intuitive is a "must have" device for VPI owners who have dreamed of a way to easily adjust both tracking force and azimuth - without losing one setting while adjusting the other.
Now, for the first time ever, its delightfully easy to INDEPENDENTLY adjust your VPI tonearm to the exact tracking force and azimuth for optimal alignment, and to return to that setting easily and quickly. Peak performance done simply. Calibrated scales allow quick tweaking for accurate comparison of different settings.
"As if intuiting my problems with setting azimuth.... Peter Ledermann, president of Soundsmith, a cooperative of designers, mod-experts, and other resident electronics wizards... They've created the Counter Intuitive - a polymer damping ring that fits around the VPI's existing counterweight and allows fine independent adjustments for both tracking force and azimuth settings. Merely press the scale onto the counterweight, slip the Counter Intuitive around the scale, and you're good to go." - Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound, October 2011
Each Soundsmith Counter Intuitive is carefully hand-machined for a precision fit out of a thermally stable, highly damped polymer material, with installed brass weights. Designed to last a lifetime.
Special Note: If your current VPI Counterweight is 1.5" in diameter, the Counter Intuitive WILL work with your set-up. There are some (very few) older model VPI Counterweights that do not fit the Counter Intuitive.
Weight Approx. 11 grams
2" Wide, 1 3/4" Tall, 3/8" Thick
Fits VPI Counterweights 1.5" in Diameter
Two adhesive scales
(Counterweight is NOT Included.)
Works on VPI turntables tonearms:
JMW-9, JMW-9t & JMW-9 Signature
JMW-10.5i & JMW-10.5i Special Edition
JMW Classic 1, JMW Classic 2 & JMW Classic 3
JMW-12.5, JMW-12.6 & JMW-12.7
Click Here for the Soundsmith Counter Intuitive VPI Tracking Force/Azimuth Adjustment manual!
Soundsmith EZ-Mount Cartridge Screws:
The Soundsmith EZ-Mount Cartridge Screws. No Tools are required to secure a cartridge and EZ-Tweaking or your cartridge set-up. Now it only take two hands to install a phono cartridge! This significantly lowers the risk of dropped cartridges & snapped cantilevers.
"[The] gizmo I can't speak more highly about is the EZ-Mount cartridge screw set. Delivered in a set of four pairs, they have an easy to tighten knurled knob on top eliminating the need for tiny hand tools. ...you can use them to add or remove mass to the headshell... All you need are your hands to install the EZ-Mounts, particularly on pre-threaded cartridge bodies, and they make cartridge alignment easy since they're a breeze to untighten, move, and retighten. Genius." - Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound, October 2011
"Why Didn't I Think of That? Dept.: Soundsmith EZ-Mount Screws. This is really helpful for "older folks"... While this set is particularly useful for reviewers who are constantly changing cartridges, it should also prove useful to audiophiles who don't enjoy fumbling with Allen keys or tiny screwdrivers."- Michael Fremer, Stereophile Magazine, December 2010, Vol. 33, No. 12, Page 39
2 Nylon Screws
2 Aluminum Screws
2 Stainless Steel Screws
2 Brass Screws
2 Non-Magnetic Stainless Steel Nuts
4 Captive Nylon Washers
Weight & Dimensions:
Nylon Screws: 1.04 grams (pair), 10mm long
Aluminum Screws: 2.06 grams (pair), 10mm long
Stainless Steel Screws: 5.80 grams (pair), 10mm long
Brass Screws: 6.24 grams (pair), 10mm long