As always, if you have a question about your Galibier products, consider e-mail and telephone as your first line of support.
All of the links below are general in nature. With the exception of the first link (remote setup during COVID), they take you outside the Galibier website and the link opens in a new tab/window.
Setup Tips and Tools
We had to get creative with social distancing requirements during COVID and performed this setup remotely. The above blog post summarizes how we accomplished this. If you’d like a copy of the 26 page setup report sent to the customer, sign up for our mailing list (click this link), and then contact us for a free copy.
This is a great narrative on how a master sets up his turntable. Stay tuned for a setup video from us, but know that we’re 100% in agreement with Andre’s setup protocol.
The standard in arc style cartridge alignment protractors and other analog accessories.The Mint LP protractor is our alignment tool of choice. Yip has our record spindle diameter on file.
We’re firm believers in arc protractors, and we provide them with all of the tonearms we sell (printed on card stock). These don’t have quite the precision of the Mint Protractor, but the average user can achieve a far superior setup with these than any two-point protractor we’ve used.
The Mint protractor is the next step. If you try and like our complimentary protractors, we highly recommend purchasing a dedicated protractor from Yip.
There’s only one “down side” to arc protractors – they are specific to the effective length of your tonearm, and in the case of fixed mount “headshells” like Schroeders and modern SME’s, the cartridge’s specifications need to be factored in as well.
Purveyors of a reasonably priced cartridge alignment protractor. This is the best of the currently available two point protractors we’ve found. Order the standard spindle hole size (.282) version for Galibier turntables.
For record storage and custom-built butcher block shelves (up to 3″ thick).
Hopefully, you’ll need their services later rather than sooner, but we’ve heard both Peter Ledderman’s strain cartridge, some of his newer work, as well as his incredible rework of several Benzes, ZYXs and Lyras, and we give his work our highest recommendation.
Resources and Free Stuff
Cartridge protractor, and a spreadsheet to calculate both Baerwald and Loefgren “B” alignment for pivoting tonearms.
An excellent source for arm and cartridge manuals