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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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.
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.
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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