SME 3012 is
associated with high compliance moving magnet cartridges, however it was
originally designed with the then popular heavy, low compliance Ortofon moving coil cartridge in the SPU series
As a result of the SME 3012
Mk1's unsurpassed compliance matching with heavier, low compliance moving coil cartridge,
it's performance is still greatly applauded.
This is why SME 3012 Mk1 tonearms in good condition fetch prices in
excess of £1000 in HiFi circles.
Conversion of the SME
Tonearms 3009 / 3010 / 3012 /II/R to the
3012 Mk1 is relatively simple with our kit, but if preferred, we can
assemble and rewire for you at an extra charge.
The 12" conversion kit includes
the following: -
1. 12'' stainless steel 316L arm tube
(0.2 mm material wall thickness), predrilled to match all
connections for the original SME parts (saddle, socket, lift
support, etc). The mass of our stainless steel armtube is 14 gms. This is slightly higher than the
original aluminium armtube of 12gms, but the greater mass of the
stainless steel is more desirable for cartridge
2. Counterweight support stub tube is
55 mm long.
3. A unique combined 'Carrier' (see
image below), which is inserted into the armtube for attaching the
earth wire, tube, decoupling rod, and saddle fixing screws.
The two screws that originally held
the tube to the saddle, now pass though the tube into the 'Carrier'
and make assembly much easier than the fumbling which occurred with
the original assembly. This 'Carrier' makes for a
rigid as well as electrically conductive unit and slightly improves
4. Two counterweights,
160 gms and 220 gms. So can adjust for most cartridge weights.
5. Two 'tube end collars', one for the headshell connector and one
for the decoupling rubber.
6. Internal balsa wood insert for
damping unwanted resonance.
7. Stainless steel fixing screws
('instrument head' as per SME
original) for the saddle.
8. De-coupling rubber spacers as
provided by SME, also adhesive and
cleaning wipes to fix the
de-coupling rubbers into position.
9. Acrylic templates including
pencil and holder for accurately marking out
the position of the tonearm on the
10. Laser cut Sorbothane rubber gasket to
improve sonic isolation.
Cardas OFHC copper
wire is supplied as standard in the
kit, but we can supply silver wire
at an extra charge.
All the above are presented in a
sturdy foam padded transportation
Where possible we use original SME
Price: - Please contact us for