Ortofon Mechanical Stylus pressure Scale tracking force gauge is a simple budget tool for turntables that is needed to determine the stylus tracking force.
Tracking force is the downward pressure that is applied by the weight of the tonearm through the cartridge stylus and onto the vinyl record. Tracking force is important to set the proper tracking force in order to maximise the playback performance and to reduce the risk of mistracking or causing excessive record wear.
The Ortofon tracking force gauge tool is a small plastic pivot type scale that will accurately measure tracking force between 1.25 g and 4 g.
1. Very gently, rest the cartridge stylus (needle) into the grooved guide track at the desired tracking force marking.
2. Next, adjust the counter-weight or tonearm pressure dials until the Ortofon pivot scale is in balance. The scale on the force gauge is marked in gram.