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Restoration SME 3009 S2 (early model) and a new counterweight

These nice tonearm came in dusty and dirty condition on my bench. The balance weight was lost. I serviced these tonearm, include a new wiring with Pure Silver hair Wire and made a copy of the original balance weight. The result sounds and looks pretty nice.

SME 3012 S2 with special heavy counterweight

That was a very special job, these tonearm came from Asia to my workbench. The customer like to use these SME 3012 with a total headshell weight of 42 grams. I designed a additional counterweight Continue reading SME 3012 S2 with special heavy counterweight

SME 3012 Series 1 (service and repair)

That´s a SME 3012 Series 1, these tonearm is the first generation of the legendary SME 3000´ s tonearms. These first edition was Continue reading SME 3012 Series 1 (service and repair)

Bronze Groundplate for Transcriptor Hydraulic with SME 3009

These is a custom made tonearm board for a Transcritor hydraulic with an installed bronze groundplate standard for a SME 3009 tonearm.

Bronze slider for a Blumenhofer Garrard plinth

Garrard 401 in Blumenhofer plinth with the new bronze slider for SME 3012-R

On customers request I designed and manufactured these mounting block for a SME 3012-R on a Blumenhofer plinth. The mounting block can be moved to the setting between 9.5 “and 14”. I like the result, here are the pictures.

Refurbishing for SME 312

These nice SME 312 came in defective condition own my workbench. The internal tonearm wire was broken und the adjustment was lousy. The tonearm got a full service a new internal wiring directly from the cartridge clips to the 5 pin connector. After a new precise adjustment, the tonearm sounds again with an outstanding perfomance.

SME 3012 Series 2 (early version, split counterweight)

This SME 3012 Series 2 came from Asia to my workshop, here are the pictures after the service. The tonearm received a new counterweight according to original specifications for heavy cartridges such as the Ortofon SPU and a complete service including new internal wiring with Pure Silver Hair Wire and RCA Conversion Kit. For tonearm wiring Pure Silver Hair Wire was used and the RCA Conversion Kit was installed for easier and better connection.

EMT to SME Adapter for EMT TSD15 cartridge

Few month ago, I made on special request these adapter to mount a EMT TSD15 cartridge on a SME 3012 and on a Ortofon tonearm.

SME 3012-R PRO

Few month ago I serviced and upgrade these wonderful SME 3012-R PRO. These tonearm is very seldom and comes from a limited edition for the asian market. The serial number of these tonearm is #64. The tonearm got a new internal wiring from Pure Silver Hair Wire and a directly connected Pure Silver Ultimate phono cable and the bronze upgrades of course.

SME 3009 S2 improved special

Here is another example for a converting the light weight SME 3009 S2 imprived to a mid-weight-tonearm. The antiskating function is also upgraded to compensate tracking forces up to 5 grams.