Originally Posted by OPR8R
That makes sense. As I recall, I had to wait an extra few days for cartridge installation. But why wouldn't a shop hire full time salaried employees that just do work?
1. EACH cartridge, regardless of price, should be adjusted with the same precision.Taking about same time. Only top 1% of carts justify super duper
extra attention - and that can not be acomplished in a single day.
2. With every move you make during adjustment, you risk cartridge damage or even total destruction. Think how many installations you would have to do
to cover for a single "oops" of a say $5000 cart with 2/3rd to 90% of that for repair/retipping.
3. People capable of doing qualified installations/adjustments are VERY hard to come by. Usually, they are earning incomparably more at their usual jobs than they could installing cartridges.
4. Try it once yourself; it is easy to bla bla about it, when it comes to aligning the lateral geometry EXACTLY , not "we will leave that to the trainee as an exercise/homework" - then you will begin to grasp what it really means. Practice on some low priced cart.
Than think of the guys who plunk a couple of grands on cart - and find low X00 $ ( X between 1 and 2 ) for installation WAAAAY too expensive. Two bolts and four clips can not possibly be that hard...
It is not. Takes 2-3 minutes ( given the appropriate hardware ). But getting the cart under just the right set of adjustments to suit that particular sample best takes another X00 minutes - X being high single or low double figure.
I certainly do not want to intimidate anybody, particularly not novices. Analog is tricky - it does not always respond the same as digital/computers -
you can google as much as you please regarding cartridgge adjustment - somebody will eventually have to do the nitty gritty. I am merely saying that
cartridge alignment done right is way too costly with lower priced tables/carts for the dealer to be acceptable. Dealers of high end carts do have margins that should cover quality installation.
And yes, properly adjusted Rega/Project/etc with Ortofon 2MRed/AT110/Shure97e/some Grado/etc will smoke >10 K table "with two bolts and four clips".