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Nagaoka MP-110 and Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, running too low? scratching records

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I recently put a Nagaoka MP-110 on my Pro-Ject debut carbon to replace my original Ortofon Red.


Overall very happy about it, love how it sounds. It is very prone to clicks which is unfortunate, but I'm starting to think that it may be due to a bad setup.


I noticed it was running low but didn't overthink it, until I noticed some scratches on a record. the cartridge ends up touching records that are not completely flat which is super worrisome. 


Any idea of what may be happening? I balanced the tone-arm and also used a scale. Tried a few settings between 1.5 and 2 with no luck. I don't remember my Ortofon retracting at all when touching a record, while Nagaoka's stylus goes in. Is it normal?




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Thank you!


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Yes, I've heard the MP110 runs low. Way lower than most carts. That's normal. But to the point of touching records? Something is wrong. They are heavier than other carts, so did you recalibrate the counterweight on the tonearm...first balancing, then setting the downforce weight appropriate for the Carbon, something like 17.5g I think.

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