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:

  • Confirm the cartridge manufacturer affixed the stylus to the cantilever accurately in order to achieve a 92 degree stylus rake angle (SRA) - within acceptable tolerance - with a level cartridge under nominal vertical tracking force

  • Document how to adjust ANY tonearm in order to achieve ideal SRA for your cartridge.

  • Inspect for even stylus wear

  • Inspect for accurate stylus zenith angle

More powerful than 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!


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