Another Groovetracer product.......why?
Counterweight upgrade has been one of the products/tweaks I didn't quite believe in. After a bit of research on the web, I soon had only the Groovetracer and the Michell in my sight.
Combination of my own feel-good and feedback from users.
One user in the swedish forum Euphonia Audioforum really made me exited about the Groovetracer, and based on my earlier experience with this company I took another leap of faith. No guts no glory!
Thanks to 'Daniel' responding to me with quick answers.
Low, wide and close to the arm pivot. With the Groovetracer heaviest model this would be possible even with my 10,5g Ortofon.
I like the looks of the original weigt, and even more the looks of the tungsten heavy model. But to me they are too expensive, and they don't bring the low'n'wide center of gravity to the table.
At first the Groovetracers 'The Empire strikes back' looks were a bit odd, but already I'm starting to like it.
May the force be with you!
The user manual and helpful hints from Groovetracer were, like for the subplatter, overwhelmingly good.
To loosen the original end stub it's a good idea to wrap some cardboard around it before you grip it with the pliers.
Taped to the user manual I found two strips of cardboard! Thumbs up!!
Installing the counterweight is pretty straightforward.
First remove the original weight, and check if the Groovetracer counterweight fits the original end stub.
Mine didn't, the original stub was to big.
Then it's a little risk of damage involved.
The arm bearings are delicate and the original stub should be removed with caution. This is also thorougly explained in the user manual.
Mine came of very easy, and the threads on the new stub fitted perfectly.
Then you just set the VTF scale to 3 grams (to disengange the spring inside the arm, possibly better sound) and slide the counterweight on the stub until the VTF is correct.
It is mandatory to use a scale for this.
Also check that the counterweight is leveled out.