Last year I’ve bought legendary Turntable Transcriptor Hydraulic Reference with SME 3009 II Improved tonearm and ruined Shure M111HE. One gotta count on few problems with 40+ years old equipment. All was in quite nice visual condition, but very poor mechanical condition. One gotta count on few problems with 40+ years old equipment.
I was lucky to get one. they going very expensive nowadays. TT was purchased from Londoner – very nice gadget guy who kept it for fifteen years and bought it from firs owner. I like things with nice heritage. No scratches or major dents, that’s the main thing I thought. By my opinion, refurbishing old stuff is the best to take everything apart, cleaned and service it back to its original spec. Then you don’t get more troubles later.
Sweep arm with brush made of fine squirrel hair. Funny, but true.
SME 3009 S2 improved tonearm need proper setup
Shure M111HE might been pretty good MM cartridge in its time, but this one is absolutely gone. Little brush is useless.
Transcriptors hydraulic is trully beautiful turntable
Before you start any refurbishment I recommend to download user, service manual and schematics for your equipment. It’s much easier when you know what to do and how to adjust it properly.
Thorough research on Internet was made, before I actually bought bought all needed parts and start renovation. For more information search for Transcriptors, SME 3009 rewire, etc.
So far the best guide how to rewire SME tonearms
Restoring An Audio Classic, The SME 3009 Series II Tonearm By Brian Kearns
What upgrades have purchased?
Original metal knife edge bearing from SME instead of nylon one. Unfortunately I haven’t realized, that this is for SME 3009 S1 tonearm, so one of the chamfer edges need to be filed off. Kinda butcher, but believe me – it’s working.
SME Bed plate made of aluminium which I bought from eBay.
Bearing oil from Michell.
Cheap Silicone oil from eBay to fill oil resevoir.
Silver plated cartridge pins / connectors including silver solder (My guess is cheaper 2-4% of silver).
Silver “tonearm wire” Really cheap from eBay. I was cheapskate and didn’t want to spend £85 money for proper Van Den Hul tonearm wire, but It was big mistake. I strongly recommend you to buy proper stuff. For great copper wire kit Google for: “Iso kinetik ISOTone SME 3009 internal rewire kit”
RCA conversion SME 3009 kit from US Search on eBay.com for more
JA Mitchell England Ltd. record clamp – it was making sense, because these two companies ware closely collaborating.
Of course there is new ground wire (I bought Technics) and signal cables made of Klotz mono microphone cable. (I bought the best microphone cable I could be get + Neutrik Profi connectors)
- cartridge upgrade
- tonearm service and upgrade
- base plate cleaning ad polishing
- motor and belt mechanism
- oil bearing and reservoir
- original lid re-polished
need to be taken apart, cleaned / exchanged and put together again, then set up properly.