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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There was a different version of the 3012R that was quite rare and short lived, it was meant to be produced for the Japanese market called the 31012R Pro the arm still said 3012r on it, it had different internal and external wire and a silver arm lift together with a few tolerance differences this also was meant to come supplied with a fluid damper. Some normal 3012R tonearms also were shipped with the silver arm lift just to use the parts up.
There were also differences in thickness of the 3012R arm tube over its production time, this did change the overall character. I actually liked the sound of the thicker walled tube it had a far more human sound to it, but one would need both arms side by side to know without measuring the tube its impossible to tell visually. The designation Series 11 3012r is just a label thing the earlier arms had that designation, as it was after the otoriganal series 11 production. There were times in later production that some of these old labels were used same for the boxes I have collectors all around wanting the series 11 3012r more so just for the label. Nearly all of the 3012r tonearms were built by one man Laurence a unassuming character who was eager to learn and develop his skills he now works part time building tonearms we would quite often discuss how it was almost impossible to make to arms identical, at the time of the 3012r the head of production was Graham Whitley who was with the company for around 40 years, his position was taken over by Brian Laker who was involved with the production of the 3012r till the last day.
 
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There was a different version of the 3012R that was quite rare and short lived, it was meant to be produced for the Japanese market called the 31012R Pro the arm still said 3012r on it, it had different internal and external wire and a silver arm lift together with a few tolerance differences this also was meant to come supplied with a fluid damper. Some normal 3012R tonearms also were shipped with the silver arm lift just to use the parts up.
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Thanks for the history lesson. This stuff should be documented for historical purposes.
 
I think the silver arm lift models are the early ones that also have the better sounding rca cable. Mine is also a late model with black arm lift. You are not using a lot of anti-skating that is for sure ;) View attachment 71407

Hi Lagonda, Well, the vdh Colibri cartridges recommend very low anti skating values. Mine are 0.2-0.4 grams. I set mine at the lowest level (0.5g) and have recently found that 0.75 is better. That is the second notch on the scale in the photo.

What turntable is that in your photo? Very interesting looking. And that is one solid looking arm board.
 
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Hi Lagonda, Well, the vdh Colibri cartridges recommend very low anti skating values. Mine are 0.2-0.4 grams. I set mine at the lowest level (0.5g) and have recently found that 0.75 is better. That is the second notch on the scale in the photo.

What turntable is that in your photo? Very interesting looking. And that is one solid looking arm board.
That is a Maplenoll Ariadne Signature, and i stole the arm board idea and the leather mat from David ! :) The LT arm has a silicone trough in front of the cartridge, like on a Townshend TT, and sounds excellent too. 26EB699D-8553-4528-9683-46D49CC1CC82.jpeg
 
That is a Maplenoll Ariadne Signature, and i stole the arm board idea and the leather mat from David ! :) The LT arm has a silicone trough in front of the cartridge, like on a Townshend TT, and sounds excellent too. View attachment 71413
I love the mappenoll turntables I still have a Appolo in storage and owned a Ariadne and the Athena prior around 30 years back, I used to use different grades of silicone and also used oil instead funny I also made a mount all those years ago for a sme 3012.
 
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I love the mappenoll turntables I still have a Appolo in storage and owned a Ariadne and the Athena prior around 30 years back, I used to use different grades of silicone and also used oil instead funny I also made a mount all those years ago for a sme 3012.
The finish was not exactly perfect on all of them, but the engineering was excellent, i recently disconnected the belt and gave the platter a free spin. I was expecting 5 minutes til complete stand still, but it took 45 min until the 100 lb platter had stopped completely o_O
 
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The finish was not exactly perfect on all of them, but the engineering was excellent, i recently disconnected the belt and gave the platter a free spin. I was expecting 5 minutes til complete stand still, but it took 45 min until the 100 lb platter had stopped completely o_O

I agree a bit agricultural but had a certain charm, very nice turntables I enjoyed my time with them.
 
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I agree a bit agricultural but had a certain charm, very nice turntables I enjoyed my time with them.
"Agricultural" ? LOL, yes the early ones looked like a TT stuffed into a wooden bird feeder, with the pump housing ( the "silent super pump" was a nosy/smelly refrigerator pump) of the same beautiful design :rolleyes:
 
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I have another question about the 3012-R. I am thinking about adding this arm, but my armboard will probably not accommodate the tonearm cable connectors (the connectors go to the side). If the phono connectors could go straight down though (or backwards), it would fit perfectly. Does anyone have experience with a RCA conversion set, like this: https://www.analogtubeaudio.de/en/r...3009-3010-3012-and-m2-9-m2-10-m2-12-tonearms/ ? The best alternative for me would be to have a 5-pin connector, as all my tonearm cables are DIN.
 

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