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Offline Chowbotak

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SME exit retail and OEM Business
« on: December 05, 2019, 20:21 »
https://sme.co.uk/2019/12/03/sme-product-announcement/

3 Dec

SME will exit the tonearm retail and OEM business with immediate effect shifting our focus on our core turntable and tonearm combination business. The decision to leave the tonearm business was not taken lightly, especially as we have played a key role in the design and development of the world’s best tonearms. The growth of our turntable business and commitment to higher production levels means that we cannot continue both streams.

SME has designed, engineered and manufactured tonearms for retail and OEM sales since 1959 and achieved international recognition as makers of the best pick-up arms in the world. This tradition of tonearm manufacturing will continue with the manufacture of our highly accredited tonearms for the purpose of coupling with our comprehensive range of high-end precision turntables in which SME will be expanding in 2020.

Whilst no new orders for individual tonearms will be accepted from the issue date of this product announcement, all obligations of the warranty will be honoured. Factory service and spare parts support for tonearm owners will continue.

Stuart McNeilis
Chief Executive Officer
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Offline Saycheese78

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Re: SME exit retail and OEM Business
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2019, 23:17 »
Wah, very shrewd move.

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Re: SME exit retail and OEM Business
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2019, 09:28 »
Signs of time.. 1959 till now
Sad .

Offline blue_starfish

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Re: SME exit retail and OEM Business
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2019, 10:59 »
Frankly, no big deal. There are better alternatives out there. The V is a good arm that is easy to set up. I used it for many years, but was easily surpassed in performance. But cannot beat their first class finishing and manufacturing quality though.

I have been on their great TT for many years. Very very reliable and fuss free. 

 

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