I'm at a wonky spot here. My TT is a Technics SL1500C and I'm currently using an AT VM95ML cartridge with the stock Technics headshell. The Technics manual instructs to set VTA so that the tonearm is level with a record on the platter, viewed from the height of the LP's surface. Audio Technica instructs one to set the top of the cartridge body so that it is parallel with a record on the platter. I cannot achieve both. I'm of the opinion that having the top of the cartridge body parallel with the record surface is more important than keeping the tonearm level but I'm here because I value your opinions. The VM95ML is 17.2 mm tall as per AT's website, and according to the Technics manual that equates to setting the VTA ~3mm higher, using the stock 3mm mat. I recently added an Oyaide mat which is 5mm thick on the outside edge so simple math says raise the tonearm height to ~5mm. Please see the attached photos. What I see is that the top of the cartridge is "tail-up" and the tonearm itself is "tail-down". I honestly, with my barely trained ears, or the lack of a more revealing system/room, cannot hear a tangible difference between adjustments. I'm just detail oriented and tend to perseverate over variables (ask me how often I make single click adjustments to the crossover or gain on my sub...). So, how would you proceed with a happy medium for my VTA? As always, thanks for any time or attention you pay to this nit-picking of mine. I appreciate your input.