- Install the cartridge/headshell onto the tonearm and remove the stylus guard, if applicable.
- With the numbered dial facing toward the front of the turntable, screw the counterweight onto the back of the tonearm until both ends of the tonearm balance on the pivot point (like a see-saw). The tonearm should float directly above the platter while not touching the platter.
- Set the numbered dial (turning only the dial, not the entire counterweight) to zero at the 12 o'clock position.
- Turn the counterweight (counterclockwise as you face the front of the turntable) until the dial is set to the tracking force value specified by the cartridge manufacturer. Depending on the cartridge that you choose, there may be a range of weights that the manufacturer deems suitable. Choose the lowest possible suggested weight, and work up from there should you have tracking problems. If you are using a Gemini cartridge, the recommended tracking force is between 2.5 and 3.0 grams.