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Miyajima artisan moving coil cartridges now available in the UK

 

With the eagerly awaited release of the Beatles’ newly remastered mono albums just around the corner, what better time for Miyajima’s

hand-crafted mono, stereo and 78 rpm phono cartridges to come to the UK!

  Wazagold  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Kotetu gold

Waza

Zero

Kotetu

Japan-based Miyajima has been making phono cartridges for more than three decades. Although they were only discovered by American and European audiophiles in recent years, they have since received rave reviews all over the world and deservedly so.

With several patents under his belt, Noriyuki Miyajima is a passionate music-lover and a true artisan manufacturer. His cartridges are individually designed to produce stunning results not only from modern stereo LPs but equally from vintage mono and 78 rpm records. In fact, the company’s very first cartridges were true mono designs, making Miyajima almost unique: of the few manufacturers to make mono cartridges, many produce them as an add-on to an existing stereo range, usually in the form of modified stereo designs.

Every Miyajima cartridge is handcrafted in-house by a dedicated full-time team of six based in in Fukuoka, Japan. The cartridge bodies are individually precision-milled from rare and exotic tonewoods including ebony, rosewood and African blackwood (mpingo). These deep and natural materials lend a vibrant and natural tonality to the sound.

The generator system in the stereo cartridges features a patented Miyajima cross-ring design in which the cantilever fulcrum and coils are exactly positioned in the centre of the magnetic field. Similarly, the mono cartridges feature an equally unique design: Miyajima vertical axis concentration, which ensures that the cartridge responds accurately to the horizontal modulation of a mono signal.

All cartridges are then finished using the finest diamonds of a type and size specifically selected for each application. Finally, every single cartridge is tested electrically and using high powered microscopes in order to ensure that it meets the impressive specification.

 

“It was a real joy to discover Miyajima cartridges and I’m absolutely delighted to be now bringing the range to the UK market,” says Dave Cawley of Timestep, Miyajima’s new UK distributor. “I have the greatest respect for Noriyuki Miyajima, whose passion drives him to seek the very best musical performance from the older disc formats.  Using a properly designed mono cartridge to replay mono records results in a sound that simply can’t be matched by using a stereo cartridge.  There’s something really special about that marriage of vintage classics with cutting-edge technology. You can’t beat it.”

 The Miyajima range: availability, technical specifications and pricing

Miyajima cartridges are available now.

UK retail prices include VAT.

 

Stereo cartridges:

Body

Stylus type

Output level

UK retail price

Takumi

African blackwood (B-grade)

Elliptical

0.2mV

£1,295

Waza

Rosewood

Elliptical

0.23mV

£1,450

Shilabe

African blackwood

Shibata

0.23mV

£1,995

Kansui

African blackwood

Shibata

0.2mV

£2,395

 

Mono cartridges:

Body

Stylus type

Output level

UK retail price

Kotetu

Composite

0.7 mil conical

0.5mV

£295

Spirit

Composite

0.7 mil conical

0.7mV

£449

Spirit high output

Composite

0.7 mil conical

3.7mV

£449

Premium

Ebony

0.7 mil conical

0.7mV

£695

Premium BEII

African blackwood

1 mil conical

0.7mV

£849

Zero

African blackwood

1 mil conical

0.4mV

£995

 

78 rpm cartridges:

Body

Stylus type

Output level

UK retail price

Kotetu 78

Composite

3 mil conical

0.5mV

£335

Spirit 78

Composite

3 mil conical

0.7mV

£675

Premium 78

Ebony

3 mil conical

0.7mV

£725

Premium BEII 78

African blackwood

3 mil conical

0.7mV

£895

Zero 78

African blackwood

3 mil conical

0.4mV

£1,125

 

UK distributor:

Timestep Distribution
Viewpoint House
Yorke Road
Dartmouth
TQ6 9HN
Tel:      01803 833 366Email: dave@timestep-distribution.co.ukWeb:    www.miyajima-lab.co.uk

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