SME at its best
None of the other famous turntable „Models“ from the legendary analog forge SME in Steyning, southern England were closer to resembling a real life fashion model than the brand-new Model 12. The round hips of the two-piece turntable‘s drive and the slender waist of its control module fit perfectly into each other, giving it a soft, somehow feminine look despite its rather technoid feel and the tonearm protruding like a pointed elbow.
Nevertheless – or perhaps exactly because of that – the Model 12 is a turntable for the experienced hi-fi enthusiast, as, for him, hard facts count just as much as the indisputably great reputation of the SME brand. And in that regard the player, which weighs a good 25 kilograms, has a lot to offer! In addition to the aluminum base, which was milled from one solid block and which has the SME logo carved into its front plate, the Model 12, for example, features a high-precision disc bearing whose steel shaft ends in an extremely hard ball of tungsten carbide. Latter, in turn, rests on a counter bearing made of equally resistant phosphor bronze, giving the turntable outstanding rumble measurements (cf. diagram).