Pulled the trigger on the damper, will let you know how it goes. I’m running the VM95SH at 4.5mm, with the 3mm mat. The cartridge is slightly tail down and sounds good. I still think the arm is sloping down a bit whilst the headshell slopes up. Technics support have been in touch and don’t think there’s anything wrong with the tonearm, perhaps I’m misjudging it somehow. Sounds fine.