Stylus/Cantilever Microscopic Analysis
The only way to know that your stylus is mounted properly is to inspect it under a microscope. Start with CERTAINTY when you install your cartridge: have it analyzed by WAM Engineering first. We use a custom designed optical microscope for the analysis of stylii with variable tracking force applied.
Our analysis will:
Identify YOUR cartridge's stylus rake angle (SRA) and provide a very quick and easy way for you to align your tonearm to achieve ideal 92 degree SRA at home
Identify YOUR cartridge's ideal azimuth angle and provide a very quick and easy way for you to align your tonearm to achieve even channel crosstalk at home
Identify YOUR cartridge's zenith angle and provide a very quick and easy way for you to align your STYLUS (rather than your cantilever) for ideal groove tracing accuracy at home
Inspect for even stylus wear
More powerful than most commercially available digital microscopes, our optical microscope and setup jig allows us to get the photographs we need for analysis while confirming that the aspect angle is perfect for our requirements of absolutely minimal error.
*We have found that even the most expensive cartridges can often have a poorly aligned stylus. Thankfully, most cartridge manufacturers will take back your cartridge for repair or replacement when such problems are found.*
Unless you inspect your stylus under a microscope using a very specific process it is not possible to know if it has been properly mounted. We are here to help you!