How to Set a Numark Turntable Stylus Counterweight

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How to Set a Numark Turntable Stylus Counterweight
Counterweights keep turntables from skipping records. (needle addict image by Ubi17 from

Turntables produce sound by dragging a needle across grooves of a record. The part of the turntable that the needle is attached to is called a stylus, which is connected to an arm. Not all styluses are made the same. Numark is a company that makes styluses of different sorts, such as diamond-tipped and DJ-scratching styluses. When a stylus is put on a record player, it weighs the arm down. If the weight is not accounted for, it can damage the record or the turntable.

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  1. 1

    Unhook the arm of the record player from any locks it might be attached to. At the back end of the arm are two rings: one thin one that is easily moved, and one thicker one. The thicker ring is the counterweight.

  2. 2

    Adjust the counterweight so that it reads "0." Without moving the smaller ring, further adjust the counterweight behind it so that the arm is floating perfectly level.

  3. 3

    Hold the counterweight and set the smaller ring to "0." Adjust the counterweight a final time so it reads between 1 and 1.5 grams. The counterweight will now be set for playing records.

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