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)

  • Changing tonearm height changes not only Stylus Rake Angle (SRA) but also changes azimuth angle. WallyReference allows you to compensate for the effect.

  • 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 blades for tonearms with indirect azimuth mechanisms – If your tonearm has a straight armwand it is almost certainly an Indirect Azimuth tonearm.

    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 blades for tonearms with true azimuth mechanisms – If your tonearm has a curved or angled armwand it is a True Azimuth tonearm. Tonearms with no azimuth adjustment mechanism at all are also True Azimuth tonearms.

    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 Indirect Azimuth, True Azimuth or both in a combo set.

October 1, 2020 Azimuth Calibration Note: A solution for measuring azimuth angles on “free-rolling” unipivot tonearms is currently under development. “Free-rolling” unipivots (as opposed to unipivots designed with a rigid stabilizing mechanism) allow the pivot housing to rock atop the unipivot in a clockwise/ counterclockwise manner along the axis of the armwand. 

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Indirect Azimuth SRA Blade
Indirect Azimuth SRA Blade

Aim steel rods at pivot point. Indirect Azimuth blades are for tonearms with azimuth adjustment mechanism at the pivot point or on the armwand

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Indirect Azimuth tonearm Azimuth Blade
Indirect Azimuth tonearm Azimuth Blade

Aim steel rods at pivot point. Indirect Azimuth blades are for tonearms with azimuth adjustment mechanism at the pivot point or on the armwand

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Dual Axis Blade Mounted
Dual Axis Blade Mounted

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Indirect Azimuth SRA Blade
Indirect Azimuth SRA Blade

Aim steel rods at pivot point. Indirect Azimuth blades are for tonearms with azimuth adjustment mechanism at the pivot point or on the armwand

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Mark H., England

"The WallyReference arrived and I have successfully completed SRA adjustments on my SME V and Rega RB2000 tonearms. It actually took me longer to find a dropped cartridge screw than it did to make the changes with the WallyTool! The *genius* of these tools is the beautiful simplicity of their physical designs which are based on the thorough understanding of the desired results and their ease of use in achieving those goals."

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