SME turntables

SME was formed in 1946 under the name “The Scale Model Equipment Company” to manufacture scale models and parts for the model engineering trade. During the 1950s SME moved away from model making to precision engineering, principally parts for aircraft instruments and business machines.

In 1959 Alastair Robertson-Aikman, the Company’s founder, required a pick-up arm for his own use and an experimental model was built. It received such an enthusiastic reception from friends in the sound industry that it was decided to produce it commercially and the first SME precision pick-up arm appeared in September 1959. At this time the company’s name was changed to SME Limited, a less committal title to suit its new activities.

SME now manufacture a range of turntables ranging from the Model 6 to the mighty Model 60. They do this from their headquarters in Steyning in Sussex. This facility contains state of the art manufacturing facilities able to machine components to the tightest of tolerances. An investment in an SME turntable will guarantee a machine that will last for generations to come.

The Model 6, 12 and Synergy are high mass damped designs which largely rely on their mass and a little de-coupling to control resonances.

One you move on to the Model 15 there is a fully de-coupled design that utilises O-rings and dampers to isolate the deck from the surroundings.  These are suspended from 3 towers located around the plinth.

The model 20 and 30 take this further by mowing to four towers, one at each corner of the plinth. The model 60 takes this yet further and inverts the suspension and also adds lateral damping.

SME Turntables and Tonearms

SME turntables

SME was formed in 1946 under the name “The Scale Model Equipment Company” to manufacture scale models and parts for the model engineering trade. During the 1950s SME moved away from model making to precision engineering, principally parts for aircraft instruments and business machines.

In 1959 Alastair Robertson-Aikman, the Company’s founder, required a pick-up arm for his own use and an experimental model was built. It received such an enthusiastic reception from friends in the sound industry that it was decided to produce it commercially and the first SME precision pick-up arm appeared in September 1959. At this time the company’s name was changed to SME Limited, a less committal title to suit its new activities.

SME now manufacture a range of turntables ranging from the Model 6 to the mighty Model 60. They do this from their headquarters in Steyning in Sussex. This facility contains state of the art manufacturing facilities able to machine components to the tightest of tolerances. An investment in an SME turntable will guarantee a machine that will last for generations to come.

The Model 6, 12 and Synergy are high mass damped designs which largely rely on their mass and a little de-coupling to control resonances.

One you move on to the Model 15 there is a fully de-coupled design that utilises O-rings and dampers to isolate the deck from the surroundings.  These are suspended from 3 towers located around the plinth.

The model 20 and 30 take this further by mowing to four towers, one at each corner of the plinth. The model 60 takes this yet further and inverts the suspension and also adds lateral damping.

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