denti alligator wrote:Apparently the Stanton I have has a so-called "straight" tonearm, made for scratching. It can't be aligned.
I don't know if you've seen this article over at KAB?
If the arm is under-hung as standard it's unlikely you would ever be able to introduce enough overhang/offset angle to align to a standard protractor. It would probably be best to stick to spherical styli (as advised by KAB), align as per the manufacturers instructions and start saving for a deck with a proper arm and lower distortion. As for record wear, if your current cartridge has an elliptical stylus then it won't be doing your records much good