The SME 3009 S2 Tonearm & our Performance Upgrades

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 headshells;


We can rewire your SME TONEARM

SME 3009 and 3012 tonearm rewire using Cardas 33AWG OFC Copper Litz wire, or Silver wire, or Ikeda silver wire.

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Comments: -

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".

True Point Audio Ltd's Phase 1 upgrade for the SME 3009 S2 tonearm.

When 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 roll' will occur, this effect causes distorted tracking ergo distorted sound reproduction.

Corrected Bearing to Headshell angle

Modified yoke fitted with ruby V-Groove jewels

It is this bearing axis to headshell alignment that we have corrected 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.

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True Point Audio Ltd's Phase 2 upgrade for the SME 3009 S2 tonearm to a SME3012.

9" to 12" SME Tonearm conversion kit



Improved tracking alignment is guaranteed with this upgrade kit, and with this comes improved listening pleasure.

This kit has been manufactured to precision standards, and is dimensionally the same as the original SME 30012.


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Stephen 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, SME enthusiasts and customers for their help in putting this page together, also a special acknowledgement to Vinyl Engine ( 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 us know.

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