need to put a grommet on the armature nipple. Black is the best color because you can see it best as it moves. Barely loosen your set screw. Make sure it's still tight enough so that you have to use a little bit of pressure to turn the contact screw. If it's too loose then when you turn on the machine the contact screw will unscrew its self and you'll have to start over every time you let go of it. Now, hold the machine sideways so your looking at the coils and the armature bar is standing straight up and down. You want your power supply to be about three volts and apply more as needed. Turn on the machine. If it doesn't move then make sure you contact screw is touching the front spring. If it doesn't move then turn up your power supply slowly till it starts. If it still doesn't move then check your machine assembly, something is wrong. If you hold the machine so you can clearly see the grommet moving you may notice and oscillation in the movement. This means that you machine will be running but you will be able to see another pattern of movement. The movement is comparable to watching a bike tire move. Even though it's moving forward it looks like its going back and forth. This part is hard to explain but if you watch the grommet and slowly turn the contact screw you will see what I'm talking about.
That oscillation means your machine is out of tune. It's kind of like tuning a guitar for those of you that play; you have to remove the vibration. You have to adjust the contact screw until even though the machine is running you have to get this secondary movement to stop completely, which is almost impossible to do using the contact screw. You will have to get as close as you can and fine tune the machine using very slight adjustments with the power supply. You're not done yet. The next thing you do is barley touch your thumb nails to the armature nipple. You touch the part that sticks up while the grommet is on it and running. This is to test the stroke to see if it's hitting hard enough. Barely come into contact with the grommet, just enough to feel it hit you but without slowing it down. You want the stroke to feel smooth and just strong enough to not slow down the needle. It does not need to be a chainsaw. The softer you can get it to run without slowing the better your tattoo will be. If the stroke is too weak then turn up the power supply slowly till it feels just right. If it is to hard then turn it down. After you adjust the power supply then you need to tune using the contact screw again. It takes both the power supply strength and the contact screw adjustment to tune your machine. They both have to work together. Your power supply controls the strength of your stroke or "power" while the contact screw controls the smoothness of the machine. Once you are close to tuning your machine with the contact screw you can use your power supply to gently and slowly fine tune the machine to remove all secondary motion. It will take some time to get this just right, so you want to practice un-tuning your machine and putting it back in tune. Once you put a needle and tube along with the rubber bands on the machine you will have to adjust the contact screw just a little. Once you're happy with the adjustment then gently tighten your set screw to hold the setting. Remember not to tighten it too tight because you may eat the threads off of the contact screw. Now you have a liner. Once set, every time you pick the machine up and load it with a needle and tube it will be ready to go till you move the adjustment or drop the machine. Try not to drop it; you can bend the upper frame arm really easy.
To set up a shadier repeat the exact same process only adjust the front binding post all the way to the top of the frame arm or four o'clock. If you want a universal machine the set it to the center or five o'clock. That's it; you now know how to tune a machine. Another helpful tip that I know I mentioned once before is to apply two pieces of masking tape to the underside of your armature bar. Stick them on and trim them to fit with a razor making sure not to cut your o ring. This quiets your machine, smoothes out the action even more, and reduces long term wear and tear on your armature bar and coils heads. Your machine will sound better which will please you and your clients as well as make your parts last longer. Make sure to change the tape about every week if you use it on a regular basis.
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