Sme 3012 R

I know this old arm is good but I don’t know why David,Rockitman,Tang,Ron,Mike
Use or will use having top tonearm like Sat,EliteAxiom,Black Beauty,Durand

Why 3012 is so special?
I never had and I don’t understand
Only to know for my curiosity
Regards
Gian
 
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Shane, it’s a different tonearm and very different cartridge for me so it’s hard to determine the contribution of each. What I will say is it blows the simplicity II + Anna +Clearaudio out of the water. May be its my personal taste which tends towards a full rich sound. Colouration is no problem for me but not something I guess I try and add. The sound is the best I’ve ever heard at home. Pitch black backgrounds, strong and powerful voices with an intimacy I didn’t have before. My Avid Acutus with SMEV and LP-S is better than the Anna combo but even without comparing I think this is my preferred combo. Now I know why the Japanese like SPUs so much. With horns this would probably be even more incredible.
 

bonzo75

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I should be able to accept PM's, I have several of them. Let me look at the settings again.
Hi no you have a restricted setting.
 
what´s the difference between SME 3012R and the PRO version?
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Leif
Not a direct answer but a little more information which may be of interest.
There was another version which was called 3012-R 2203s.and has metal knife edge bearing. A few of these were built with upgraded internal wiring and were called 3012-R GTA. I bought a pair of these about 10 years ago from the original purchaser. Brian Laker at SME remembers building them himself.
 

ddk

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ok thxs. so no implication for sq then...
No only cosmetic. Black powder coated collar, main weights, anti-skate weight, and the base which is slightly thicker than the standard one. You pay a high premium for relative rarity but not anything else.

david
 

ddk

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Not a direct answer but a little more information which may be of interest.
There was another version which was called 3012-R 2203s.and has metal knife edge bearing. A few of these were built with upgraded internal wiring and were called 3012-R GTA. I bought a pair of these about 10 years ago from the original purchaser. Brian Laker at SME remembers building them himself.
Fortunately back then you could order them with the standard copper wiring and the steel bearing and forego the specially crappy silver wiring, unfortunately today your only option with SME is the silver wiring:(!

david
 
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Eh. I've only heard maybe a couple cables with silver that were ok. Time to replace if you got silver!

David, I apologize if I asked before. Do the tonearm wires at any point pass through metal where each channel has a different hole? Isn't it plastic where the RCA cables plug in?
 

howiebrou

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Fortunately back then you could order them with the standard copper wiring and the steel bearing and forego the specially crappy silver wiring, unfortunately today your only option with SME is the silver wiring:(!

david
David, there are quite a few copper cables on the market. Would any of them be a suitable, albeit slightly inferior, substitute for the original SME cables?
 

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