Invaders from Planet SME


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 . . .


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

Published by David Cope

After 15 years doing audio shows and marketing for Audio Note, UK, I took a year off, intending to establish a recording studio dedicated to making natural, minimally processed recordings of acoustic instruments playing jazz, folk, blues, bluegrass and classical music. Somewhere along the way I borrowed a pair of Auditorium 755 speakers and a Shindo pre-amp and power amp from Jonathan Halpern of Tone Imports. Quick as you can say, "Bob's your uncle!", I had become an audio retailer, using Old Forge Studio as a dual purpose space. It's all very exciting and more than a bit crazy . . .

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