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    Join Date: Jul 2011

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    I'm Peter.

    Default F/S SME V-12 Tonearm

    For sale: SME V-12 12 inch tonearm.

    Beautiful tonearm in perfect working order. This was originally sourced from Definitive Audio, so has silver Kondo internal wiring, and comes with original accessories and packaging. Does not have the original SME Van den Hul external tonearm cable/interconnect.

    Price: 2950 incl. delivery in UK



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    Wow!
    Peter, are you sure you want to let this beauty out of your grasp??!!

    A Fantastic tonearm, in wonderful condition.
    These do not come up often....for good reason.
    "lack of passion is fatal"


    Vinyl: Thorens TD-124mk2 / Tenuto gun metal mat / SME-3012R ikeda rewire / SME M2-9R / STEREO: Jan Allaerts MC1 Boron / Shure M3D / Ortofon SPU A95 / Cartridge Man Music Master / Shure - SC35C (US) / SAEC C3 MC MONO: Miyajima Zero B 0.7mil mono / Miyajima Premium 1.0 / Amps & SUTs: Radford STA25 mk3 / AD Audio 'Satchmo2' pre & LCR phono / Hashimoto HM-7 SUT / ETR-MONO SUT Digital: SW1X Audio Design DAC 1 signature / Roon / Tidal Speakers: Tannoy 12" MGs' in RFC custom 'Rutland' Cabinets with RFC crossovers / Tannoy ST-100 Super Tweeters Cables: Duelund DCA16GA tinned copper / Kimber 12TC / SW1X Audio Design USB-SPdif / Duelund DCA20GA interconnects / SW1X Audio SPDIF Aero 6 / Mains Power Conditioner / Box Furniture rack / Audiodesk Systeme Vinyl Cleaner / a very beautiful & understanding Wife!

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    Ye gods! Don't see these come up; blue moon stuff! Oddly, its eff. mass is only 1g more that the 9" Five, so still a lower medium mass arm. Lovely, and I really cannot understand what could follow it, unless a heavier mass arm is required. Very sensibly priced, too.

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    Cracking arm Peter - and its been usefully rewired. Very solidly mounted!
    Jack NSM

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    I'm Tom.

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    Oohhh. Have heard this, it's em, rather good.
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers with Tannoy ST50 supertweeters; Amp - Silvercore 833C monoblocks; preamp TBA watch this space; Vinyl: Schopper'd Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 9 inch and Ikeda IT-407 12 inch tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Miyajima Takumi, Ikeda 9TT, vintage Ortofon SPU GM and SPU Gold; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0, Miyajima/Edison '78' 4.0 conical, and Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage Allnic H7000V used with Miyajima ETR-Mono and ETR-Stereo SUTs; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily enhanced AN DAC based on kit but aspiring to DAC5 spec.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Marantz PM-4; Digital: CDP Sony CDP-X3000ES & Arcam rBlink; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT 1503 MkI broadcast arm, Ortofon SPU Classic GM, Ortofon 2-15k SUT and Puresound Tenuto platter mat

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    Very nice arm and at a great price.
    Most important and used Walker Black Diamond Etsuro Gold, Micro Seiki 8000mk2 Kondo special V12 Tiger Eye, Fidelity Research FR 66 Shindo spu, EMT 927, sme 312 aluminium. Fidelity research fr66, Sme 3012 mk1, Sme V, Ikeda 407 IT Sme Model 30/2/Dynavector 507 Kodo Beat Turntable Airtangent 10B modified Fidelity fr66s Etsuro Cartridge . Kondo Gakuoh Mk1 powers G70 Pre,Audio Tekne TFA-8695PCS pre Audio Tekne TEA 8695 Phono. Lfd Battery Phono Stage heavily custom rebuilt by Dr Richard Bews, Tharx Phono Stage. Lfd Master Dual Biamp power amp, Lfd Anniversary master preamp. Shindo Latour Field Coil. Rockport Cygnus Biamped, Voigt Domestic Corner Horns/ Feastex Fildcoils. LFD Custom silver Ribbons. LFD Diamond Vipor Mk2 interconnects, Lfd Golden Cobra interconnect. Koetsu blue lace mono special order, Koetsu burma jade mono special order.

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    Yes, it is rather nice, isn't it?


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    https://sme.co.uk/audio/product/series-v-12/

    Effective mass is a 'medium' 12 grams, so works perfectly with most cartridges. I've used it with Transfiguration and Koetsu cartridges, and it easily 'releases' the very different characteristics of those two brands. In other words, whatever your cartridge is doing, this will show it unfailingly ... neutral, dynamic and musical, with no discernable manipulation of the presentation by the tonearm. I've had quite a few tonearms over the years, including some quite exotic ones, but this is top of the heap imo. As pointed out by Mike (above), these rarely come on the secondhand market, for good reason. Very reluctant sale. Happy to demonstrate, or answer any questions.

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    One of the best tonearms available, at a lot less than half current retail. The Kondo internal wiring was fitted by SME at the time of manufacture. Excellent condition, all accessories and packaging are present.

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    Hi If any one needs an original VdH D 501 Silver Hybrid tonearm cable to use with this super arm - I do have one spare which I am happy to sell to the lucky purchaser of this great arm.

    Quote Originally Posted by petrat View Post
    For sale: SME V-12 12 inch tonearm.

    Beautiful tonearm in perfect working order. This was originally sourced from Definitive Audio, so has silver Kondo internal wiring, and comes with original accessories and packaging. Does not have the original SME Van den Hul external tonearm cable/interconnect.

    Price: 2950 incl. delivery in UK



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