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SME - Model 309 Tonearm

 (Black with White Print Detail)




Product No.:
T SME309


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The Series 300 tonearms broadens the application of SME technology. A unique one-piece magnesium tonearm is used for the Model 309. The detachable magnesium headshell has a new style coupling, providing the convenience of rapid cartridge interchange without loss of rigidity. The Model 309 offers a performance and manufacturing excellence unmatched by many more expensive models.

- Unique pressure die-cast magnesium shell detachable and interchangeable without disturbing cartridge or wiring.


· New design clamping arrangement ensures rigid junction with tone-arm.


· Internal constrained layer damps minute residual vibrations making tone-arm acoustically inert.


· Stainless steel cross shaft, ground and thread ground. Carried in massive yoke on 10mm precision ball races. Axis at record mean level to minimise warp-wow.


· Unique assembly gives high rigidity and allows bearings to be critically adjusted before tone-arm is fitted.


· Stainless steel vertical shaft, ground and thread ground, with integral 16mm diameter flange to couple shaft and yoke.


· 23mm diameter steel pillar, heat treated, ground and honed, carries two 17mm precision ball races, widely spaced to resist tilt.


· Anti-skate control operates through tension spring and filament. Dial corresponds with VTF and has positive OFF position.


· Lowering/raising control gives smooth positive action. Height of lift can be adjusted.


· Dual-lock base provides movement control with high rigidity.


· Tungsten-alloy balance weight carried on damped two-point suspension. Extra-low inertia design assists warp riding.


· Underslung weight housing corrects centre of gravity and provides non reflective tone-arm termination.


· Swivelling, damped output socket minimises vibration transmission in sub-chassis use.


· Reference lines on tone-arm facilitate VTA setting.


· Fine adjustment of horizontal tracking angle (HTA).


· New design alignment protractor sets HTA with great accuracy.


· Cartridge leads and internal wiring LCOFC litz.


· Balanced LCOFC audio lead with gold plated phono plugs.


Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 1 person(s) rated this product.

Beautiful versatility.

posted on 03/09/2012
5 Stars
This beauty has graced my system for nine years, since SME started making it in magnesium. The removable headshell makes cartridge mounting and setup a delight, to include azimuth adjustment. About 15 different cartridges have been mounted, and they have all worked optimally and without a sign of dreaded sibilance. Cartridges from low to high output, and low to high compliance have all worked beautifully. This is a wonderful cartridge platform I would not be without, regardless of its upscale brothers. It is delightful and versatile.

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