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Hi All, looking for suggestions on what to use to rewire a SME Series III tonearm. Note just the tonearm wand not the whole darn thing (yet!). So what wire to use, what clips etc and where to get it if possible. many thanks.

My favourite is the Van Den Hul solid silver, stranded, PTFE (aka: Teflon™) insulated stuff. I buy mine (I keep a few Metres in stock) from Duratone in Canberra. It is VERY flexible, VERY strong and 'slippery'. Very nice stuff.

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0.25mm -> 30AWG maybe a bit too stiff.
When I saw you post re the Kynar yesterday, I was going to post the same thought (too stiff). I'm sure I used ~40ga magnet wire the last time it did it. Mongrel of a job usually no matter what you use.
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When I saw you post re the Kynar yesterday, I was going to post the same thought (too stiff). I'm sure I used ~40ga magnet wire the last time it did it. Mongrel of a job usually no matter what you use.

Depending on the arm, it can be the stuff of nightmares or dreams. IMO, the Van Den Hul stuff blows away everything else, due to it's enormous strength. And if you've had the arm wiring break halfway through the operation, you'll appreciate that strength. Magnet wire is simply not strong enough for certain arms, IMO. Kynar is too stiff and too thick. Multistranded is the way to go.

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Depending on the arm, it can be the stuff of nightmares or dreams. IMO, the Van Den Hul stuff blows away everything else, due to it's enormous strength. And if you've had the arm wiring break halfway through the operation, you'll appreciate that strength. Magnet wire is simply not strong enough for certain arms, IMO. Kynar is too stiff and too thick. Multistranded is the way to go.
I'll remember that Trev. I think one of the SME's has some dodgy wiring and may need re doing later.

I used the magnet wire last time as that was in my guitar pickup winding phase.

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Magnet wire is simply not strong enough for certain arms, IMO. K

Can you explain why .Is it to stiff and crack in time at a pivot point.

I'm trying to think of the load/stress the wire would be under.

Cheers

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Depending on the arm, it can be the stuff of nightmares or dreams. IMO, the Van Den Hul stuff blows away everything else, due to it's enormous strength. And if you've had the arm wiring break halfway through the operation, you'll appreciate that strength. Magnet wire is simply not strong enough for certain arms, IMO. Kynar is too stiff and too thick. Multistranded is the way to go.

Noel Keywood from Hi-Fi World mag recently made the coment that silver tonearm wiring should only be used if you intend to use the arm with a valve amp and that it was too much for a solid state amp. Do you think thats an accurate coment?

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Noel Keywood from Hi-Fi World mag recently made the coment that silver tonearm wiring should only be used if you intend to use the arm with a valve amp and that it was too much for a solid state amp. Do you think thats an accurate coment?

No. It is, as are many words in that rag, nonsense. Silver is an essential part of all PFTE coated wire. I re-wired dozens of arms with the Van Den Hul wire with positive results in every case. Some systems used valve preamps and some used SS. ALL were, at worst, no better (sonically) than the original wire. Most owners felt that their systems sounded better. none felt that the system was worse.

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Well, I've just set up my old SME after years of neglect and got it working and it's sounding just fine.

Currently playing a long-neglected LP of Menuhin and Kempff playing Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata. I'm sure that LP never sounded so good.

Trevor, thank you very much. It was all worth it in the end.

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