I've had an SME 16" arm mounted on a Technics arm base for years and use it
as you describe. Works fine. I raide it for Edisons, lower it for thin
lacquers, etc. I've made a longer pin that fits over the spindle and use
extra ruibber turntable pads to account for the extra height that's
Steven Smolian 301-694-5134
Smolian Sound Studios
CDs made from old recordings,
Five or one or lifetime hoardings,
Made at home or concert hall,
Text and pics explain it all.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Audio101" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, January 18, 2003 1:42 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Tonearms
> It seems the arm of choice is either a SME 3009 for 12" records or a
> 3012 for use with up to 16" records. This is a very good arm that is
> mildly affordable. The 3009 can be purchased on ebay for 200-300 and the
> 3012 for a bit more.
> The only drawback to these arms is that the Vertical tracking Angle
> (VTA) isn't easily adjusted. It uses a set screw to hold the arm in
> place, to adjust, you have to loosen the set screw and raise or lower
> the arm by hand. If you transcribe a lot of different types of discs
> this can be a major pain. And after a while, the arm tube can become
> dimpled, making repeat or finite adjustments nearly impossible.
> Personally I prefer the Technics EPA-250 arm for most records, as this
> arm has a removable headshell, removable arm tube, and a very easily
> adjustable VTA. In fact the VTA action is so smooth. you can actually
> adjust it while playing a record. To low and the low end gets a bit
> wooly, to high and the top end gets too bright.
> I have been toying around with the idea of manufacturing a similar type
> setup for use with the SME arms. The arm would mount to a base that has
> a large adjustable ring to raise and lower the arm. Unfortunately the
> machining process would be very complex and the cost would be high,
> 300-500.00 per unit.
> Dave Meyers
> Overkill audio inc.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Kurt Nauck
> Sent: Saturday, January 18, 2003 12:02 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Tonearms
> I sent this email, and it never showed up in my mailbox. Therefore I am
> sending it again. If you get it twice, my apologies!
> What is the preferred SME tonearm for playing 78s? What about 16" ETs?
> there other arms made by other manufacturers as good?
> Kurt & Diane Nauck
> c/o Nauck's Vintage Records
> 22004 Sherrod Ln.
> Spring, TX 77389
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