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.
Mint LP sets the standard in arc style cartridge alignment protractors. The Mint LP protractor is our alignment tool of choice. Contact us if you have any questions about ordering details. You’ll need to tell Yip the following:
- Your turntable brand (precision fit to your turntable’s record spindle)
- Your tonearm specifics
Yip has our record spindle diameter on file.
While the Mint LP is the only tool you need for cartridge alignment, some users still find arc protractors to be a bit ambiguous as far as determining whether the pivot-spindle distance needs to be changed vs. the overhang. Once you’ve mastered their use, arc protractors are less ambiguous than traditional 2-point protractors, however.
A best of all possibilities solution is to use both the Feickert Protractor (to set pivot to spindle distance), and the Mint LP to establish the overhang and offset angle.
We’re firm believers in arc protractors, and we provide a printed arc protractor with every tonearm we sell. While they don’t have the same precision as the Mint Protractor, they provide a good introduction to the superiority of the tool. Our customers typically get a much more precise setup with our printed arc protractors than with the best 2-point protractor.
The Mint LP takes precision to the next level, and we’re firm believers in the Mint LP.
There are two things to consider before purchasing:
- Arc protractors are specific to the effective length of your tonearm. You’ll need one for each tonearm (or effective length).
- Tonearms with fixed mount “headshells” (e.g. Schröders and modern SME’s) are a bit tricky due to manufacturers specifying different stylus offsets. In these tonearms, a Koetsu will have a different effective length than (for example) a Lyra. This can be taken into account, however (contact us for details).
Contact us if you have any questions.
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).
Bill Schmitz for restoration of vintage direct drive turntables from the 70’s, along with other vintage analog restorations: firstname.lastname@example.org
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