Technics Cartridge Overhang Instructions

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Technics Cartridge Overhang Instructions
The distance is specified by Technics and is part of the turntable design. (vinyl record image by Warren Millar from

A cartridge's location on a Technics turntable arm needs to be adjusted because the cartridge and stylus are aftermarket items and vary in size and weight depending on manufacturer and model. The term "overhang" refers to the distance that the stylus--sometimes called the needle--is from the arm's pivot. You can adjust this overhang by moving the cartridge backwards or forwards in the shell that's attached to the arm, thus changing the distance that the stylus is from the pivot.

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Things you need

  • Overhang gauge
  • Screwdrivers

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  1. 1

    Clip the overhang gauge to the spot where the arm and shell meet. The gauge is specific to your turntable, and came in the Technics shipping box.

  2. 2

    Loosen the two screws on the top of the shell and slide the cartridge so that the tip of the stylus lines up with the end of the gauge. The distance is specified by Technics and is part of the turntable design. The Technics SL-1200M3D's distance, for example, is 52mm.

  3. 3

    Wiggle the cartridge so that it's inline with the shell too--it's got to be straight, not crooked. Tighten the screws and unfasten the gauge.

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