In lobby with Brian Laker, my tour guide

Started in the Quality Control room...impressive array of measurement tools

Another shot of QC room

I was impressed with the passion of the QC workers I met...very committed to sending out only the best

Now out to the floor...most machines are now CNC based

If you know SME, I am sure you recognize these iconic base plates...solid brass...right out the cnc.

Still many many steps to the finish process...

Line of machines from different angle...

Solid aluminum plates for turntables in their present line

Off the machine earlier in the day...

Headshells for the M2 line...magnesium, light but incredibly sturdy. These are without finish.

Solid aluminum platters for one of the tables in their new line

Platter detail...

More parts awaiting finish...

Solid brass arm yokes...waiting for finish

Many parts twirl in this emulsion for hours before the next step in the finish process

There are several of these vats, all on timers specific to the part

And now to the assembly room...these are headshells near completion

Don't think it didn't cross my mind to fill my pockets! :-)

Prototypes...

Like a kid in a candy store...

Post assembly, these current tables from their line-up are having their motors and bearings tested

More shots of the assembly room

Packing room...

All boxed and ready to go...