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  1. #1
    Join Date: Nov 2008

    Location: belgrade serbia

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    I'm gordan.

    Default SME 3012 synergies

    Out of boredom I'm currently working on a Garrard 401 / SME 3012 II combo in a new plinth - more details when I finish. I have no particular reason for this combination except that I wanted to keep with a timestamp of both products (more or less) and to go with a 12'' sitting in mu cupboard.

    I am wondering what are the thoughts on the pickups who proved to be synergetic with 3012 over the decades of use. My experience with tonearms is actually limited to a few I used, like Kuzma Stogi, Stogi S or 4P, FR64fx or some I know through friends such as WTA or Shroeder clones.

    I currently own SPU Spirit, Koetsu Black (old version), Koetsu Black Goldline and Miyajima Shilabe.

    Out of these, I only tried SPU in it and it's a killer combo (never heard Metallica's Black album sounding so mental!). However would be good to share any other interested ideas.

    Given that the arm hails from the times when MC pickups were not that popular as later or today, my point if concern is actually how suitable is 3012 for low compliance MC pickups. Also not sure how knife bearing adds to the proven fact that these pickups actually ask for a mechanical coupling as firm as possible.

    One thing - I would try to stay with the original SME shells for 3009/12 if possible, to keep the look of era - if that puts too many limitation on SQ also let me know what are the proven headshells for 3012.

    Cheers!

    PS. Denon stop!
    Gordan.
    Speakers: Oris Swing MkII
    Amps: Thomas Mayer 300b/ Hiraga La Maison de L'Audiophile 20
    Preamp: Silver AVC by eng. Ferenc Lazar
    Phono Preamp: Shishido LCR by Solaja Audio
    Deck: Garrard 301 Martin Bastin reworked/plinthed with Fidelity Research FR64fx
    Cartridges: SPU Spirit/ Koetsu Black revisited by eng. Salai/ Miyajima Shilabe
    Step Up Transformers: Tango MCT 999/ Ortofon T-5000/ Lumiere SUT
    Digital: Shigaclone by eng. Ferenc Lazar with Lampizator Amber II
    Wires: of sufficient length

  2. #2
    Join Date: Nov 2010

    Location: Yorkshire

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    I'm AnDreW.

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    SPU will all work a treat.
    I hate my koetsu on my 3012 I don't think it's a good match.
    Denon 103 and SHure carts will work really well. You should also get a blast from any of the DECCA carts.

    Its quite a versatile arm.
    SS CD Teac VRDS25X(Audiotuned) DAC Caiman SEG+15V PSU DECK 1210 Mat SPH SSSl Mods MN Base/Bearing/Platter+Ebony arm Board Feet Isonoe PSU Paul Hynes SR7EHD-27XL/DCSXL Ag DC lead/Jaeger(low-impedance) connector/3 StageRegs/Recapped PCB+No Pitch/Strobe/Light ARM SME V(Kondo Ag Rewire&Tags) MC Cadenza Black CABLES Arm Yannis SPD-4 IC Yannis 222 Litz+Ag bullets Power WAR PRE ATC SCA2 SPEAKERS ATC 50ASL STANDS Atacama PHONO Sugden Masterclass PA4 SUT Ortofon ST80SE POWER PSAudio P10

    Valve PRECroft Epoch(Mega Modded) AMP Sondex S100 SPEAKERS Tannoy 15"MG+RFC Warwick cabs+ Reference XO DECK Garrard301 Mat Teunto Bearing 401 Plinth Moldovan Arms 3009/3012(Ikeda Ag wired) PSUEagle+Tachometer MCAg Meister SPU v2 CABLES Arm Yannis 420.5 Litz+ Speaker VdH 6mm Blue IC Oyaide FTVS-510 AgWBT 0110Ag Phonostage Paradise (4 Box)


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    Join Date: Nov 2008

    Location: belgrade serbia

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    I'm gordan.

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    Thanks - I can switch Koetsus to FR64fx. Or sell them, haha

    Yes, SPUs are very logical. Amazingly easy pickups to deal with, work well in almost everything you throw them in!
    Gordan.
    Speakers: Oris Swing MkII
    Amps: Thomas Mayer 300b/ Hiraga La Maison de L'Audiophile 20
    Preamp: Silver AVC by eng. Ferenc Lazar
    Phono Preamp: Shishido LCR by Solaja Audio
    Deck: Garrard 301 Martin Bastin reworked/plinthed with Fidelity Research FR64fx
    Cartridges: SPU Spirit/ Koetsu Black revisited by eng. Salai/ Miyajima Shilabe
    Step Up Transformers: Tango MCT 999/ Ortofon T-5000/ Lumiere SUT
    Digital: Shigaclone by eng. Ferenc Lazar with Lampizator Amber II
    Wires: of sufficient length

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