Since 1920 the Japanese company provides fine mechanical components and accessories for audio applications. In particular, the Jelco tonearms enjoy an excellent reputation and are used worldwide under their own name or as OEM products. The great flexibility of the Jelco tonearms leaves little to be desired when it comes to pickups.
The British company, based in Steyning (West Sussex) was founded in 1946 as The Scale Model Equipment Company Ltd., but already a few years later primarily was concerned with the production of precision parts for aeronautical instruments and office equipment. In 1959 the first pickup was created and since that time the name SME has become synonymous worldwide for fine mechanical engineering, excellent workmanship and outstanding performance. Then as now, the essential manufacturing steps made 'in house' and are subject to rigorous quality control.