This is it: Dr. Feickert's next generation protractor! We welcome this improved version of a very effective tool. The parameters are now carried out to utilize not only Lofgren and Baerwald equations but also Stevenson. This provides even further choices to reduce the distortion that can be caused by a less-than-ideal tangential position of your cartridge while tracking the grooves of your records. This is the best solution for accurately aligning your cartridge with a wider variety of tonearms. It is accurate, compact, more versatile and even easier to use.
"Okay, let's get this said early; I consider this a must-own tool for anyone who cares about proper tonearm setup and cartridge geometry. This beautifully manufactured precision device, the work of Dr. Chris Feickert, incorporates both Baerwald and Lofgren geometries, the two principle approaches to cartridge alignment – one on each side. It's also a universal device, handling arms of 200 to 440mm effective length! It's easy to use and as far as I'm concerned, simply the best. It is an essential tool for your vinyl toolbox and with proper care, will last a lifetime. Highly recommended." – Richard S. Foster, Hi-Fi+, Issue 48
"Feickert's kit is impressive, especially if you want something more than a cardboard or plastic template. Most impressive is the metal jig for measuring the pivot-to-spindle distances – nicely made, if industrial…It looks more complicated than it is; a thorough reading of the instructions will have you setting up cartridges in minutes…trust me: it will provide peace of mind for even the most truly neurotic of vinyl users." – Ken Kessler, Hi-Fi News, August 2006, www.hifinews.co.uk
Just wanted to give you my report on the Feickert protractor. In my opinion, it is a must have item for anyone that is seriously into vinyl. This well made aluminum device makes it SO simple to set up the correct pivot point to spindle distance and it is almost impossible to get it wrong, at least with the Triplanar VII that I use. The set up tool that came with the Triplanar was off 4mm in this critical measurement! The white disc that is used in conjunction to set up the cartridge alignment is also easier and more accurate than the mirrored type I have used in the past. The marks to align the cartridge contrast much better on the white than on a mirrored surface." – Steve Dobbins, Acoustic Sounds customer