Invaders from Planet SME

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The SME 12A, consisting of the new SME Model 12 turntable and 309 with upgraded Crystal cabling, arrived at Old Forge yesterday.

First thought: This is a huge carton for what I expected to be a rather compact turntable.
Second thought: This thing is packed to survive a nuclear incident!
Third thought: Man, it’s compact, alright, but it weighs a ton.
Fourth thought: This is one of the most beautifully finished, easily assembled turntables I’ve ever come across.

Thoughts Six through . . . Wow, that sounded great! What are we gonna play next?

Many more thoughts to follow once I get the arm fully set up . . .

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Oh, look! It’s the new family tree! (The mighty Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature lurks below the Garrard 401.)