That was the idea behind P-mount cartridges...which for the most part were used on lower-end turntables. It was a good idea but the execution sometimes left a little to be desired.Again, my "gut" impression is that is caters to the newly vinyl adopting crowd. No need to adjust anything, just plug and play.
Small adjustments can make big differences...which is why I, too, don't buy into anything non-adjustable on a turntable. I made sure with my last turntable purchase that the arm could be adjusted in all directions as could the cartridge in its slots.Less than a mm off in overhang or zenith will differentiate good sound from great so what exactly are you trying to accomplish?
Ok, I did a little googling and came across some pics showing that both the AT T17 and the Yamamoto also have adjustment of the barrel via setscrews. The ATLH series is a much better design. No setscrews, a real clamp.
The Fidelity Research headshell has a sled that slides, locked into position by the screw on top. The SME is adjusted at the tonearm base.
So everyone of those headshells allows a cartridge to be precisely aligned.
On Edit: If you look at the bottom of that Denon DL-A110 cartridge it looks like two screws to loosen the barrel. Unless that headshell was built for a specific arm on a specific table there HAS to be some kind of adjustment. Denon isn't that stupid.
OK Woody, I'll stop trying to convince you that adjustable alignment is worth it. You seem to have great sounding systems and your style is not to be faulted. Awaiting your results!
I'm assuming you know that Schick makes a beautiful graphite headshell for his tonearms. I have two and they are little chunks of art.
But this was providing you used it with a cart which has the Linn-cart mounting geometry!
Yeah - I thought having two arms would make swapping carts really easy - but the 3D and the standard arm require lots of different changes to the arm platform and arm rest, etc - you end up making so many changes for each arm that swapping isn't as easy at it should be. I'm probably doing something wrong...ChrisO, isn't that a fixed headshell uni pivot? I bet that's loads of fun.