WallyReference

  • The only tool that allows simple, quick and repeatable confirmation that the top surface of your cartridge is perfectly level in BOTH horizontal axes – front/back (SRA) & left/right (azimuth)

  • Displays the effect on Stylus Rake Angle (SRA) by adjustments to azimuth and vice versa

  • On most tonearms, changing azimuth also changes SRA. WallyReference allows you to compensate for this and keep SRA constant.

  • An essential tool for finding the ideal SRA for your specific cartridge

  • Quickly and easily move your cartridge to other tonearms with the same ideal SRA and azimuth angles - No need for a second turntable or tonearm when you can setup all cartridge/tonearm parameters in 15-20 minutes

  • Includes personalized support from WAM Engineering

WallyReference Instructional Videos now on the WallyTools Analog Setup Tools YouTube channel!

WHY DOES THE WALLYREFERENCE HAVE FIVE DIFFERENT BLADES?

Each of the five blades has a different function

  1. One Dual Axis Blade – A level headshell requires TWO axes to confirm a plane level to the record surface

  2. Two Type I blades – Type I for tonearms that have azimuth adjustment mechanism at the pivot housing area or on the arm wand.

    1. SRA Blade displays headshell angle on front/back axis independently of any tilt on the left/right (azimuth) axis.

    2. Azimuth Blade displays headshell angle on left/right axis independently of any tilt on the front/back (SRA) axis.

  3. Two Type II blades – Type II for tonearms that have azimuth adjustment mechanism at the headshell on a plane perpendicular to the horizontal alignment of the cantilever – or on arms with no azimuth adjustment mechanism at all.

    1. SRA Blade displays headshell angle on front/back axis independently of any tilt on the left/right (azimuth) axis.

    2. Azimuth Blade displays headshell angle on left/right axis independently of any tilt on the front/back (SRA) axis.

 

When you purchase a WallyReference, you choose Type I, Type II or both.

October 1, 2020 Azimuth Calibration Note: A solution for measuring azimuth angles on true unipivot tonearms is currently under development. Owners of the WallyReference will be offered special pricing on the update when it becomes available. Current WallyReference owners can measure azimuth angles only on fixed bearing tonearms or unipivots with a rigid stabilizing mechanism. 

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Development Background

The original WallyVTA was developed to create a reference for your cartridge to repeatedly and easily find a perfectly level headshell when under nominal VTF. This development led to Wally's research into what was happening at the microscopic level with the stylus alignment on the cantilever itself.

 

Wally found that though the ideal stylus rake angle (SRA) is 92 degrees when under nominal VTF, many cartridge manufacturers were not mounting their stylii properly enough to achieve it. Worse, some very expensive manufacturers were far off of ideal. He shared with the audiophile community a method to inspect this for ourselves as shared here: https://www.analogplanet.com/content/video-showing-setting-stylus-rake-angle-using-digital-usb-microscope

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