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    SME Series V

    Was looking to buy another tonearm and wanted to know if there is a difference between the Series V with the Silver lettering vs. the Gold lettering.
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    I believe there is a difference besides the color of the print. I can't remember what I read, but I think it has to do with type of wiring and perhaps the bearing. I'd send an email to SME and ask the question.
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    Thanks Peter. The one I have has gold lettering and the one I was looking at has the silver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce B View Post
    Was looking to buy another tonearm and wanted to know if there is a difference between the Series V with the Silver lettering vs. the Gold lettering.
    The one thing I know for sure Bruce is that all new SME tonearms now come wired with silver wires, you can't even get replacement wiring for their vintage arms that's not silver.

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    Thanks David.... I got a new cartridge and figured it would be much easier to change arms, since I already have an additional base, than to change out cartridges....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce B View Post
    Thanks David.... I got a new cartridge and figured it would be much easier to change arms, since I already have an additional base, than to change out cartridges....
    Wise decision ... The SME30 base is a precision device that locks perfectly in place. I considered it, just to have an SMEV and a Graham 2.2 in the SME30. BTW, as far as I know the silver/gold lettering is now just a cosmetic option, all current SMEV's come with vdH silver litz wire of type MCS150.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce B View Post
    Thanks David.... I got a new cartridge and figured it would be much easier to change arms, since I already have an additional base, than to change out cartridges....
    You're welcome Bruce. In case of the V/12 I agree with you, it is easier to swap out arms on armboards than changing cartridges. I'm sure if you look around you can find older V/12s if silver is an issue, it is for me.

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