Rega Atlas Stylus Scale Mk2 (aka Stylus Tracking Force Guage)
When you see John setting up a turntable at Pearl Audio, this is the scale he likes to use. Why? It's rugged, it easily fits to the OUTER edge of the record each time for 100% consistent measurements (because your using the same location each time), it deals with changing level platters, it handles the big heavy Koetsu cartridges, and its lever and front edge are nicely recessed so there is much less chance of catching a stylus on it. Lastly, the crisp bright red Star Trek LED digital readout is easier to read than a greyscale lcd - important when you've been working on a table for a few hours, or when doing the final setup in our night-time reference room. Love this scale!
The Rega Atlas tracking force gauge is designed to provide reliable and accurate measurement of tracking force for the lifetime of your turntable. Inside the durable aluminium casework is a highly stable loadcell and precision amplification circuitry.There is also a custom designed front guard to protect the measuring element and provide easy alignment. This allows the Atlas to achieve accurate and reliable performance with minimal input from the user.
The loadcell is a premium full bridge, shear beam construction. The cell is temperature compensated for a wide range of operating temperatures and is extremely resilient to shocks and deterioration over time.
The intelligent design of the Atlas ensures the the tracking force is measured in the same place every time allowing for very fine adjustment to two decimal places.