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No. There are THREE positions for the protractror - one for each null point as well one for the overhang - the one where imaginary line between horizontal arm bearing passes right trough the middle of the main bearing/spindle of the TT.   I use one variation of the  http://www.ebay.com/itm/Turntable-Phono-Cartridge-Stylus-Alignment-Protractor-Tool-Mirror-/390506936595?pt=US_Record_Player_Turntable_Parts&hash=item5aec06f913 I mark the overhang position for each effective...
The best article I know of on the subject : http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au/pdf/tonearm.pdf
Baerwald protractor has null points at 66.0 mm and 120.9 mm - if the cartridge/cantilever is parallel/perpendicular at those two points, the overhang will be automatically EXACTLY correct for any arm. Regarding "fine" adjustments - more often than not one ends up to the farthest of extremes that should not be but are available BEYOND the " ballpark " - a testimony that manufacturers did not get their geometry right in the first place. What matters is the actual geometry...
Yes - and - no. Depending on the following: 1. Tonearm type ( adjustment of VTA - AND - azimuth ). DO NOT use this cart in arms that do not provide for these      adjustments - you will NEVER hear what it is truly capable of.     Despite somewhat lower compliance that its     predecessors, it still likes light(ish) effective mass arms2. Tonearm cable - it HAS to be low capacitance (rare these days)3. Resistive and capacitive load adjustability of phono preamp ( basically...
Are you perhaps referring to the various colour "markings" most of the metal cantilevers have ? Here in white and light blue, on the UNDERside of the cantilever, the same side as the stylus, but most metal cantilevers have it on the UPPERside - and colurs can also be very shiny.  Those markings are there for a reason - most likely is to provide some damping of the resonances in metal tube of the cantilever, arrived at by trial and error method; once the best spot and...
Easy Money ... - but the whole album is a masterpiece !  Happy New Year Everyone !
This is a normal safe limit. For any stylus tip profile except Micro Ridge and its name variants - Micro Line, Micro Reach, Super Analogue Stylus SAS, maybe more... This design can be used for approx 1000 hours before any "spreading/teardrop" typical of other styli can occur - and is still safe for the records. The most alarming thing and the point you should most definitely stop using the stylus is when you invariably get lots of whitish "dust" accumulated on the diamond...
It obviously is not a star ground setup ( 90+% aren't ). Try to create as little of "loop" with the earth wire; sometimes a replacement by heavier gauge of wire helps, but this is case to case different. The only hum/interference free grounding is star grounding without ANY ground loops - difficult in practice.
Can you elaborate what bothers you the most with HA-S500 ? Does the piano sound "glassy" to you trough it ?
Exactly. Recorded ( most likely direct to disk - magnetophon came at the very end of WW II ) and pressed in 1943 ... It started off with a true mono Benz Ruby cartridge ( you'll never find that one in any list ... ) - and went on in at least this style further.
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