Re: This might be a stupid question . . .

John Gleason


The counterweights should slide on and off easily without any force.
Defective! Ha, Roland may have his first recall. Could be many more are
too tight.

John Gleason,

Subject: [ap-gto] This might be a stupid question . . .
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2000 8:01 PM

Hi all -

Well, my 600E GTO arrived from AP earlier this week-- it is absolutely
and very solid. Tonight the skies cleared up nicely, and I had hoped to
give it
a brief test drive.

Alas, I got tripped up by a fairly (very?) mundane problem.

Put simply, I couldn't get the 9 pound counterweight to slip over the
counterweight shaft. It was _incredibly_ tight. With maximum hand
pressure, I
couldn't get the shaft more than 1/4 inch into the counterweight.

The only conceivable way I could have gotten it in further would be to do
serious banging with a rubber mallet. I didn't feel very comfortable
doing this
with a brand new mount. As it was, it took both me and my son pulling
very hard
to get the shaft out of the counterweight (even though it was only 1/4

Are the counterweights normally this snug? Is there a break-in period to
"loosen" the collar inside the counterweight, or does this sound unusual?

I'll call AP on Monday, but if anyone had any suggestions maybe I could
again yet tonight (or tomorrow night).

Thanks and best regards,

Paul Schroeder

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