Koetsu Black MC Phono Cartridge - Light Use


Koetsu is one of our top 3 favorite brands of cartridges and we haven't come across a model yet that didn't perform wonderfully.

This "Black" series looks to have had an easy life.

It uses a tracking force of 1.8 - 2.0 grams and is compatible with almost all MC preamps.

From a review in Stereophile by Art Dudley:
"At the very least, Koetsus were the very first artisanal phono pickups to make an impression on the American and English hi-fi scenes. As such, and regardless of who came first—a question that probably can't be answered—Koetsu paved the way for all other such things, including the Kiseki, the Kondo, the Miyabi, and the delightfully named Goldbug.

Koetsu cartridges are made in small quantities by Fumihiko Sugano—the son of Koetsu's founder, the late [Yoshiaki Sugano]. The elder Sugano, who came and went with the 20th century, created the basic Koetsu cartridge design, pioneering the use of high-purity metals in particular, and naming the company after his ancestor and role model, the 16th-century artisan Honami Koetsu."

0.4 mV

Tracking Force:
1.8 - 2.0 gram

Approx. 30-100 Ohms

Output Impedance:
5 Ohms

Cartridge Mass:
Approx. 9g - 10g




Original Box

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Physical Condition

8 / 10

Working Condition

10 / 10

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