The SME 3009 S2 Tonearm
& our Performance
The SME 3009 S2 'Pre-Improved' and the later
'Improved' versions as shown above.
The first SME precision pick-up arm appeared in September 1959.
Production was 25 units per week composed entirely of individually
machined components. The 3009
and 3012 (9" and 12" respectively) tone arms which were widely
adopted for audiophile and broadcast use
during the 1960s and 1970s, at the higher end of the market. These
arms featured a polished stainless steel main tube with a
lightweight headshell, knife edge horizontal bearings,
and an anti skating bias provided by a weight that hung by a nylon
string. Versions were produced with both fixed and interchangeable
We can rewire your
SME 3009 and 3012 tonearm rewire
using Cardas 33AWG OFC Copper Litz wire, or Silver wire, or Ikeda silver wire.
Please email for details.
J. E-D, Newcastle-Under-Lyme
"Thank you so much for the splendid rewiring and rebuild
that you carried out on my SME tonearm, which arrived safely
today. It really is fantastic, and Iím looking forward to
reattaching it to my Thorens".
Audio Ltd's Phase 1 upgrade for the SME 3009 S2 tonearm.
the SME 3009 Series 2 tonearm were manufactured it was not realised
that the alignment between the cartridge headshell and the knife-edge
bearing would be
so critical in bringing improved listening quality. In later models
this was corrected.
If the alignment between the knife-edge bearing and the
cartridge headshell is not
correct, then 'azimuth
will occur, this effect causes distorted tracking ergo distorted
It is this bearing axis to headshell alignment that we have
with our conversion kit for the SME 3009 & 3012 Series 2 tonearms.
True Point Audio Ltd acknowledged that the SME 3009 Series 2 tonearms
are the best for their time and wanted to bring the
tonearm up to date by making a kit of parts manufactured to the
highest quality while maintaining the 'SME look'. The kit is
designed to fit the
existing tonearm and correct the alignment problem that causes
azimuth roll, and improve the bearing properties of the knife edge
by using ruby sapphire v-groove bearings.
Click here for more information
True Point Audio Ltd's Phase
2 upgrade for the SME 3009 S2 tonearm to a SME3012.
Improved tracking alignment is guaranteed
with this upgrade kit, and with this comes improved listening
This kit has been manufactured to
precision standards, and is dimensionally the same as the
original SME 30012.
Click here for more information
Murray's turntable (shown above) is a Verdier Platine
and has his converted SME 3009 to 3012 with a bronze base plate, the other tonearms
are an SME V, and an SME M2- 12R.
Stephen commented: - "received
the tonearmÖ absolutely brilliant workmanship really
pleased. I am still amazed at the performance of the
SME 3012 considering that it started as a SME 3009 and
was just left in a cupboard for literally years and now
it is used most days!!
The cartridges that I use with it - Ikeda Kai , Ortofon
SPU Silver Meister , Denon 103R, and the sound
quality from all of them is excellent".
We also buy SME Tonearms. Please let us know if you have one to sell.
We would like to thank friends,
enthusiasts and customers for their help in putting this page together, also
a special acknowledgement to Vinyl Engine (www.vinylengine.com)
whose information proved invaluable.
We will be updating this page on a regular basis. If there
is any information that you believe is incorrect or should be added please let
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