Thanks again for all of the replies. Judging by your comments my meter needle placement might be within the normal range. I also have an SPF that I am planning to send to Eric Hendrickson next week, so I was getting opinions here about the SPII meter so that I could send them along with the SPF if they were behaving abnormally compared to everyone else's. I'm doubting my theory about the meter needle now, however the settings definitely do seem to be a stop or two out so maybe there's another reason. I think I'll send them along to Eric with the SPF anyway and get him to either calibrate/fix them or give me peace of mind that nothing is wrong.