SME was created in 1946 to manufacture scale models and parts for the model engineering trade. They pivoted to designing audio equipment after the company's founder, Alastair Robertson-Aikman required a pick-up arm for personal use. The experimental model they had built garnered a lot of praise from his friends in the audio industry, so he decided to sell them commercially. Today, they craft some of the most precise tonearms and turntables in the world. SME's products are handcrafted to provide unprecedented attention to detail and care. They create high-precision turntables and tonearms by creatively using components from aerospace, motorsports, and the medical industry.