Stylus cartridge very close to record surface

I've spent some time setting up and balancing everything on this Gemini PT-2000 that I recently acquired.

It all seems ok and plays fine, but to my eyes the stylus cartridge body seems extremely close to the surface of the record.

I don't think it's the weight of the tone arm, as you can see in the picture, when the tonearm is up, the stylus doesn't hang down very much anyway.

Is this ok or would you expect a bigger gap between the cartridge base and stylus?


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It does look pretty close to the cartridge body. However, as long as you have the tracking force set correctly and the cantilever is not touching either the record surface or the cartridge body then you should be ok.

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