VPI Anti-Skate Device for JMW-12 Tonearms
Anti-Skate Upgrade for the JMW-12 tonearms!
Anti-Skate is one of the least understood forces acting on a tonearm. Skating
force is created by friction between the stylus and the record, causing a force
vector in a direction towards the center of the record when the headshell of the
tonearm has an offset angle. Putting the stylus down on a flat, groove less
record will cause the arm to move toward the center of the record.
Arm manufacturers have tried to compensate for this force, but that is
impossible because the force is constantly changing as the music and velocity
VPI has conducted careful listening tests and determined that every tonearm they
tried sounded better with its mechanical anti-skating disabled and the tracking
force very slightly increased... VPI has a unique solution to anti-skating: the
coiled wire of the JMW Memorial Tonearm acts as a spring and pushes the arm back
without affecting the sound quality. The VPI JMW-12.7 Tonearm Anti-Skate
Upgrade now gives you the option of a mechanical anti-skate device!
If you have older VPI turntable/tonearm combo that has "silver" junction box, a new "black" junction box would need to be purchased to use the anti-skate upgrade.
Directions on how to install:
• The anti-skate mounts on the black junction box by removing the left front side
screw using a #2 Phillips screwdriver and screwing the anti-skate mechanism
the now vacant hole. Tighten the nut once you have the shaft screwed all the
• Remove the counterweight and install the black D shaped piece on the
counterweight stub as per photo. (Below)
• Loop the line around the post with the multiple grooves and adjust the height
of the anti-skate. When you are done the line should be level when
the arm is resting in the armrest.
• You can adjust the anti-skate by either moving the circular rubber rings away
the pivot (more force) or closer to the pivot (less force).
• You no longer have to twist the lead out wire from the arm to the junction box
to set anti-skate, just plug it in directly with no twist.