Some time ago I reconditioned these nice vintage Ortofon RMG 309 for Jonathan Weiss of Oswaldsmill Audio, USA. The arm rest is an own design and handcraft which I made for the vintage Ortofon tonearms.
I got this beautiful tonearm two months ago in a dusty and broken state for repair. One of the main problems were the most required spare parts in black, these were from SME specially made because only silver parts are available for this tonearm as standard. After the repair, it is a real beauty , he looks even more beautiful in real than in the picture. It is a very rare tonearm, I had several hundred SME tonearms in the last years in my workshop, but only a handful of the SME 3012-R in black.
These Ortofon RMG309i tonearm comes in a dirty and not great condition, after a intensiv cleaing and the professional service it looks and works perfectly again. The new internal tonearm wire (Pure Silver Hair Wire) and the refurbishing and precise adjustment of the bearings brought a significant improvement in performance.
That´s a new headshell prototype made from aluminium-titanium-alloy. The weight of these solid headshell is with 16,2 grams a little bit higher, but just right for the SME 3009/3012 tonearms. It has a flat geometry matched to install flat cartridges like a Denon DL103.
These EMT 929 is after refurbishing in excellent condition with nice features. The internal wiring was exchanged against the stunning quality from Shindo Lab, Japan. The tonearm got a custom made bronze groundplate incl. template. The tonearm has a modified phono connector (see pictures). All around a very beautiful tonearm in a excellent condition.