I got a big problem with Ortofon Virtus Cartridge (recently bought from ebay.) I set up the cartridge according to spec (2.0gram weight) cartridge parallel to disk at static loading, alignment correct, azimuth correct. Even at static, the clearance between the record surface and the belly of the cartridge is just 0.5mm as shown in the photo.
I was told this cartridge is similar to MC20. So, I would like to ask the MC20 owner for opinion whether this looks right?
I played some records, using 2.0 gram, and I can hear the belly scraping the record surface. Things improved just tiny bit when I reduced the weight to 1.8 grams.
Comparing the actual Vs the brochure picture, there seems to be nothing wrong with the cartridge, however.
I mount this on Sony PS-X60 and arm mass is 25 g with its original headshell. I changed to a lighter headshell-weigh 4 grams less and that’s the best I think for this set up.
Here is another view of the cartridge and cantilever. Any comment?
Billshurv, That's what I thought but the music comes out alright though. I compared to Ortofon MC15 Super II and there is very little difference. (The MC15 Super II sounds a bit better, though.). So, I am thinking it is the suspension and not the cantilever.