@Richard.Dane, @DazedDegsy I have an Ortofon spirit level. Used to level the unit a while back (as part of all this) but had it on the metal strut between the tone arm and the platter spindle. But checked today and the platter shows almost perfect level as well at various points. It is this one:
@Richard.Dane which spirit level would you recommend?
@Bobthebuilder, @n-lot oh I had no idea about this. I was looking at how one would use that adjuster on a Planar 6 and stumbled on this as well:
Key elements include the upper and lower braces between arm base and main bearing, this is to minimise movement between these two fundamental parts so that the stylus reads the groove rather than changes in the relationship between the vinyl and the tone arm. This is why Rega arms do not have variable VTA (vertical tracking angle), the facility to adjust arm height introduces a potential source of vibration into the crucial cartridge/arm/plinth/platter loop
I have to say I am super nervous to take the thing apart and modify. Especially while it is under guarantee still.
I previously discussed my experience with my dealer over email and their reponse was just that with vinyl you should expect some sound artifacts but that I could go an try the records on their Planar 6. But that was just before the Corona outbreak, after which I have had no reason to go to that city again yet. And I learnt to live with it.
I am now resurrecting this issue as I have this gut feel that it can be better. Also a dealer representative is coming to my house next week to attempt to repair my Star’s loose display panel. So I thought while he is there I may as well address this again, so doing my homework.
Months ago I also discussed this on a vinyl forum and there folks were saying that the elyptical stylus of the Ania is super IGD/sibilance prone on hot cut records and that a finer diamond profile stylus could help. That is why I am considering going to the Ania Pro, but 1000 Euro is a lot for a gamble so want to be reasonably sure it would help and that the stylus is the culprit before throwing the cash at it.
Then there were also some folk who suggested that the stylus tip may have been glued on skew. But looking at it through a loupe does not show any visible weirdness.