Originally Posted by RamblinE
I have been tweaking the alignment for months now with a simple Ortofon alignment protractor that my hifi sales acquaintance recommended. It was $6 at Quest For Sound. The body and cantilever are as square as I can physically make them.
I'm always learning something new about vinyl setup however I think I've got the alignment spot on right now. Not ruling out the possibility of being wrong but I'm confident this time.
If you glued the Longhorn paralel/perpendicular to the cart, then your alignment must be very precise - it is visible from your photo from that distance!
I doubt it is not spot on.
If the Longhorn is mounted precisely, that is to say perpendicular to the cartridge in all 3 dimensions, it is a child's play to see if the cart is laterally aligned at any alignment point - you have 5-7 cm 2-3 " flat reference surface, far easier to work with than just the front of the cart that is in best case scenario 20 mm wide, but usually half that. If precisely mounted, Longhorn not only improves sound, it is a great aid for correct alignment. One reason more to do it right.
You can not see much tracking angle error with pivoted arms due to cart ( front ) being so small. With Longhorn, you wil imediately see there are two points that are accurate only - everywhere else it is visible from great distance that there is an error.
As always - enjoy your music !