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September 6, 2017

SME: The Bluebird of Happiness

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KAPLAN’S KORNER

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
Happy 14th Anniversary to Dig! Music in Ukiah California. Make sure to stop in ad say hello to owner Mike Roumbanis when you’re cruising 101 north of the Bay Area.

Happy 29th Anniversary to Jackpot Records in Portland, Oregon. They are celebrating with a party Saturday September 30th from 3-11pm at the Eagles Lodge. $5. Profits to charity.

SME
I have a relationship with my SME Tonearms.

I’ve used and loved my SME M2 -9 tonearm on my Luxman PD 441 for some time now. I look at it lovingly. Even when it’s sleeping. Ok that’s weird and that’s Ok. I used to look out the window at my ’86 Sea Mist Green Jaguar XJ6 too. Lovingly. Recently I scored a Sota Nova with an SME IV tonearm on it. So, I get to love that arm as well. I’ve fantasized about SME turntables. Maybe someday. When I grow up.

Seems like things are kicking into another gear at SME. For one thing, Bluebird Distribution is now the North American Importer for SME Limited.

Founded in 1946, and with over ten million tonearms sold worldwide, SME is the world’s most accomplished manufacturer of high quality turntables and tonearms. SME is well known for its no compromise passion for engineering perfection and extreme attention to detail.

Featuring precision engineered construction, extensional damping of major surfaces and vibration free moving parts, SME turntables deliver outstanding dynamic range and pitch stability, exceptional detail and resolution, superior tonal neutrality and a unique ability to more closely reproduce the sound of the original studio master tape.

SME’S NEW OWNERSHIP
In August 2016 SME was purchased by the Cadence Group which already has controlling interests in several other prestigious audio brands. Cadence has a reputation for helping its companies grow further and to extend their research and development activities.

According to SME’s newly appointed CEO, Stuart McNeilis, “SME is the most iconic name in tonearm and turntable engineering and epitomizes the very best of British engineering. Combining innovation with meticulous manufacturing and attention to detail has made SME a market leader for decades. With increased investment allowing for new product development, the company will build on its legacy of designing and manufacturing the best tonearms and turntables in the world.”

NORTH AMERICAN SALES STRATEGY
SME will be sold exclusively through a limited network of highly skilled Authorized bricks and mortar retailers. Bluebird is looking for analog specialist, value added retailers who care about great sound, who are willing to make the effort to properly present high-end audio products such as SME, and who need a high quality, exclusive line they can add value to.

ABOUT SME
SME is a precision-engineer-ing company based in Steyning, Sussex, England. SME is a manufacturer of precision-made audio equipment and high-quality precision made components for Aerospace, Formula 1, and Medical Equipment industries.

ABOUT BLUEBIRD MUSIC
Founded in 1999, Bluebird Music is a full service, value-added distributor. Bluebird believes in supporting highly-skilled retailers of fine audio products who are passionate about great sound. Bluebird distributes several specialty audio lines, including: Chord Electronics, Jadis, Spendor and Vienna Acoustics.

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