Kevin of KAB told me the Technics headshell is angled by design. He wrote me as follows: I would stick with the stock headshell. I still think it is one of the better ones out there. It is also properly designed to compensate for the small upward motion you get when you only use one bayonette pin. The original SME stylus HS's used to pins one on top, one on bottom. That keeps the headshell perfectly straight. When you only use one, there is a slight upward force that tilts the headshell up ever so slightly. It you look at the back of the 1200 headshell, you will see it is not at right angles to the top, it has a small angle to it.