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SME 3012

Classic 12" J-Shaped Arm

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with knife-edge bearings

SME 3012


Adjustable overhang, vertical tracking force, anti-skate and arm height. Later models had optional fluid damping.

Available as the series I, series II and the 3012R which was introduced in 1981 and featured a new arm tube, weight and lighter headshell.


S2 instruction/owners manual  Deutsch

series II mounting template (not to scale)  English

R mounting template (not to scale)  English

instruction/owners manual  English

series II instruction/owners manual  Francais

series II instruction/owners manual  English

R instruction/owners manual  English

S2 instruction/owners manual  English

R info and templates (not to scale)  English

brochure  English

series II brochure  English

R brochure  English

R (alt scan) instruction/owners manual  English

series II spare parts list  English

series II service manual  English

arm identification  English

(alt scan) instruction/owners manual  English - limerick23

series I (with bias adjuster) instruction/owners manual  English - gummybun

series I mounting template  English - gummybun

series I bias adjuster instructions  English - gummybun

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SME 3012 mounting template


I have a 3012 series 2. non improved. I am trying to mount it but the templates given hear are not to scale. Can anyone suggest what I do? Or does anyone have a template that is to scale? Cheers, Lewis.