Shure SFG-2 Stylus Force Gauge
This gauge is a highly accurate beam balance instrument designed to measure the actual downward force exerted by a stylus on a record over the range of 0.5 to 3.0 grams. Each gauge is individually factory calibrated, and displays readings in 0.05 gram increments in order to provide a precise measurement of stylus tracking force.
A reasonably accurate stylus pressure gauge is mandatory, and the Shure is good and very cheap. The even simpler, and less expensive Ortofon, which uses pressed dimples to form a fulcrum, work surprisingly well. But, for about $14, you may as well treat yourself to the Shure. -Stereophile, August 1996, p.53, Analog Corner, Michael Fremer.
Ratings & Reviews
Personally used this with various cartridge brands and models. And found perfect function EVEN with various Denon models ( DL-110, DL-160, DL-103R, DL-304, DL-S1). So, it works perfectly with phono cartridges.
Disarmingly effective, easy and precise!
A basic scale that will accurately work as long as there is gravity. Never sticks or binds. The loose weight requires a delicate hand when using.
by Dave O
I have 2 of them. One must be 30 years old, the other one I bought here a few years ago. Both work just great, and both agree exactly on the readings. I get repeatable measurements every time. The balance arm is NOT magnetically attracted on either one I have...or on any one I've ever seen. It's a balance, and it works, what else would one need.?.
I've used mine for about 10 years now, and have never had an issue. It works great. Don't understand the negative reviews. Must be user error.
See my review on the digital stylus gauge. Stick to the Ole Shure, been my "reference" for years & haven't ruined a cart yet?
For the price this device is just fine. Have used mine for 3 years now with steady results.
I have used this stylus gauge for the last 35 years, and have found nothing better!
It's your basic tool. Works just fine with repeatable results. It is also NOT magnetic. Worth the price.
I don't know what Phil C. is talking about. I just received mine a couple of days ago and the first thing I checked was whether it is magnetic but holding it up to a strong magnet. It is definitely NOT magnetic. My pivot didn't seem sticky either. I have had no luck getting repeatable results with the pair of digital gauges I have tried so I am back to basics and very happy with the Shure.
by Phil C.
Will not work with Denon cartridges as the strong magnets suck the cartridge down against the steel balance beam. Balance beam should be changed to somehing nonmagnetic and stable like graphite. It's OK if you don't use Denon cartridges or similar with strong magnetic fields. Overpriced for what it is. Pivot is a bit sticky.
by Bill Walker
Just purchased one from a local dealer, and used it ito check the dealer's settings. The Shure came within 0.05 grams of thge dealer's digital scale. Yes,it is a little finicky and needs very good lighting, but very useful for the money.
I've used the Shure Stylus Force Gauge for years without any trouble. I've always found it very easy to use and accurate. I've never felt the need for a digital gauge. I do think some sort of stylus force gauge is important for setting a cartridge up correctly, as the "dials" on most tonearms tend to be way off. While you can always set stylus force by ear, it is good to know that you are within a manufacturer's recommended tracking range. The Shure Stylus Force Gauge gets the job done easily and cheaply.
Ridiculously unreliable and unstable. More like a toy than a precision instrument. The old AR which is again available is the best of this pivoting type.