Add Headshell weight to track better?

I got a VPI scoutmaster and a Cartridge Man MusicMaker III, it sounds great but it's also picking up more surface noise than I would like. While doing some research I found that they are not exactly compatible. Would adding headshell weight allow it to track better and therefore pick up less surface noise?
In the 60's and 70's in college, the thing to do was to scotch tape a penny to the top of the headshell. I guess we don't do that anymore...

On a somewhat more serious note, I presume you've washed your records.

On a definitely more serious note, make sure your cartridge is aligned properly and the tracking weight is what the manufacturer of the arm or cartridge suggests. Beyond that I don't know if there is too much you can do. If you put enough weight on the headshell that surface noise is damped, you're also damping a lot of the other vibrational information in the record groove. You'll be significantly downgrading the performance of the table. Unfortunately, vinyl lovers have to put up with a bit of surface noise unless you want to replace the record with a new one, or a CD.
Howdy Toufu,

1) go do some resonance checking on:

2) It could just be that some added weight (but VERY little) could be of some help.
That could be if your arm resonance is out of the acceptable band (too high, my best guess).

3) And there's another suggestion entirely, but I promise it will work! Consider the use of a Step-Up transformer, my best guess is, your phono-pre does not have such.
Your cart has 0.4mV output so it can work with a low ratio trannie. Around 1:12 to be on the save side, 1:16 could still work without risking a phono-pre overload.

It will give you a number of benefits (not pocket though!) and reduced groove-noise is one, appart from greater dynamic range, detail etc. I've done it, so I speak from experience (mind, I don't sell any of the stuff either).

I tried my darntest to get reduced groove-noise, - I clean my records with a Hannl-MERA (best I know of). Only since having gone with an SUT can I say it is acceptable. A lot of groove-noise happens in the very high frequency band (Ultra sonic band) and what you hear are just the lower sub-frequencies/harmonics of all that pop and crackle mess. A properly set-up SUT will take care of a LOT of that, but of course not all!
Take care,
>>04-24-09: Axelwahl
Howdy Toufu,
And there's another suggestion entirely, but I promise it will work! Your cart has 0.4mV output so it can work with a low ratio trannie<<

Very bad suggestion and information.

The output is 4.0mV not 0.4mV