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KOETSU

     Sugano Yoshiaki began making cartridges as a favor to his friends as part of his love for the hobby of high-end audio. He'd had a long, successful career in the Japanese automobile industry (at Toyota Motors) and approached cartridge design as an artisan, perpetuating the tradition of excellence he'd learned from the example of the famed Hon'ami Koetsu, who came from a family of highly-honored appraisers of Japanese swords and went on to become a multi-disciplined craftsman with skills in the arts of painting, calligraphy, lacquerware, and ceramics.  Sugano became heir to this legacy of superb craftsmanship in service to art and named his cartridge company after the master Koetsu (the Japanese characters for which translate as "light" and "pleasure"). The manufacture of Koetsu cartridges became a family business, involving Sugano's sons in the painstaking and exacting process of carrying out their father's uncompromising designs and workmanship.

     The remarkable quality of Koetsu cartridges flew in face of the mass-market mediocrity that prevailed in the audio industry at the time, and they quickly attained "cult" status among knowledgeable music lovers around the world. And why not? There simply was nothing else like them in the high end marketplace. The Koetsu cartridges brought audiophiles so much closer to their music that descriptions like, "holographic", "exquisitely musical", and "magic" were commonplace. In the early 1990's, Sugano himself was of an age where he could no longer make the cartridges himself, so production was entirely on the shoulders of his sons (under Sugano's supervision). Demand for the Koetsu cartridges was higher than ever. In a bold move, it was decided that, rather than compromise the quality of their product to meet the quantity necessary for the demand, they would simply remove themselves from the world market, concentrating on producing the finest cartridges possible for sale only in Japan. Koetsu continued to refine their product, though fans of the Koetsu outside of Japan could only wait and wonder.

     In the late 1990's, Sugano Yoshiaki and his sons felt the time was right to distribute Koetsu cartridges on a global basis once again, to the world-wide delight of those who still love the analog LP. Sadly, Sugano-san passed away in 2002, but his legacy lives on in his son, Sugano Fumihiko, who, like his father, is committed to producing nothing less that the world's finest cartridge.

     Koetsu cartridges have no peer thanks to Sugano-san's creative genius and dedication. All materials must pass a stringent test for purity and musicality. When combined with the art of hand-wound coils, innovative construction techniques, and the centuries-old tradition of hand craftsmanship in the arts of woodworking and painting, all become one to create his masterpiece: the Koetsu Cartridge.

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KOETSU
PHONO  CARTRIDGES

 

1/2"   Mount  Low  Output  Audiophile  Cartridges 

KOETSU BLACK
Moving Coil
  • Output at 1KHz 5CM/sec.: 0.6mV.
  • Channel Separation: >30 dB.
  • Channel Balance: Within 0.5 dB.
  • Ohms: 5 Ohms.
  • Loading Range: 5 - 100k.
  • Tracking Force: 1.8 - 2.0 Grams.
  • Compliance: Medium - Low.

SUGANO MAKES HIS STATEMENT!

Technology


"Sugano's quest led him to enlist universities, specialized industries and master craftspeople to create the special parts to go into his masterpieces. One of the first to use 4 nines copper (99.99% pure), current production uses 6 nines copper (99.9999% pure). Platinum signature models feature silver cladding of the 6 nines copper, a process where a silver sheath is slowly drawn over the copper conductor.

Ultra-pure iron square plate formers were sourced for their most predictable magnetic characteristics and lowest oxidation. Pre-aged to the perfect consistency, rubber suspension parts are sourced under license with a rubber damper manufacturer. Special magnetic materials, including Alnico have been featured. Today, samarium-cobalt is used with platinum magnets reserved for the flagship models. Japanese craftsmen carve the rosewood bodies, lacquer coat the Urushi bodies, or cut stone for the onyx Platinum. Styli are specially designed and precision ground for Koetsu.

Today, Sugano's sons have revived his art and continue to create musical masterpieces under the watchful eye of the old master. For every music lover, your journey to musical nirvana is incomplete without a
Koetsu phono cartridge in your system.

The tonal signature of all Koetsu's is pure smoothness. Sure there are cartridges that better the
Koetsu in every area but there are none that are the complete package. If you really care about the sound of music, if your goal is to be immersed in tones that make up chords, and you don't want to put up with any more hifi artifacts, the choice is simple.....Koetsu."

"There have been many allusions lately to the break-in requirement of various components being partially attributable to the listener acclimating to the new component. In other words, while the new component is breaking-in, the listener is, too. We adapt our hearing to our environment, just as our eyes adjust the “white balance” to automatically compensate for late-afternoon sun (red) or for fluorescent lights (green). I am a strong believer in the need for components to break-in for best performance. Listening to the Black as my main cartridge for two months, I have also come to believe that there is a break-in period that we as listeners experience when we install a component that is different from our recent fare. Even though a direct comparison may highlight the Black's weaknesses, longer involvement will certainly improve your opinion."



$ 1,600.00 Each

EACH

 

Please call or write for special programs and additional information about this wonderful product.

KOETSU ROSEWOOD Standard Moving Coil
  • Output at 1KHz 5CM/sec.: 0.6mV.
  • Channel Separation: >30 dB.
  • Channel Balance: Within 0.5 dB.
  • Ohms: 5 Ohms.
  • Loading Range: 5 - 100k.
  • Tracking Force: 1.8 - 2.0 Grams.
  • Compliance: Medium - Low.

SUGANO MAKES HIS STATEMENT!

Technology


"In the 1970's, Sugano began to experiment with phono cartridges by substituting his own parts in commercially available models. His keen ear and deductive reasoning, combined with an artist's sensibilities, led to the creation of what would become a legend in audio. Sensing the moment, Sugano named his cartridge after his hero, Koetsu.

Sugano's quest led him to enlist universities, specialized industries and master craftspeople to create the special parts to go into his masterpieces. One of the first to use 4 nines copper (99.99% pure), current production uses 6 nines copper (99.9999% pure). Platinum signature models feature silver cladding of the 6 nines copper, a process where a silver sheath is slowly drawn over the copper conductor.

Ultra-pure iron square plate formers were sourced for their most predictable magnetic characteristics and lowest oxidation. Pre-aged to the perfect consistency, rubber suspension parts are sourced under license with a rubber damper manufacturer. Special magnetic materials, including Alnico have been featured. Today, samarium-cobalt is used with platinum magnets reserved for the flagship models. Japanese craftsmen carve the rosewood bodies, lacquer coat the Urushi bodies, or cut stone for the onyx Platinum. Styli are specially designed and precision ground for
Koetsu.

Today, Sugano's sons have revived his art and continue to create musical masterpieces under the watchful eye of the old master. For every music lover, your journey to musical nirvana is incomplete without a
Koetsu phono cartridge in your system."

"Every audiophile music lover knows of the legendary sound of Koetsu phono cartridges from decades past. Those old enough to have experienced Sugano's Koetsus retain the memory of a musical experience unequaled. Few were privileged to own and enjoy a Koetsu. Many of the converted searched out second and third Koetsus, assuring a long, cherished relationship."



$ 2,600.00 Each

EACH

 

Please call or write for special programs and additional information about this wonderful product.

KOETSU ROSEWOOD Signature Moving Coil
  • Output at 1KHz 5CM/sec.: 0.6mV.
  • Channel Separation: >30 dB.
  • Channel Balance: Within 0.5 dB.
  • Ohms: 5 Ohms.
  • Loading Range: 5 - 100k.
  • Tracking Force: 1.8 - 2.0 Grams.
  • Compliance: Medium - Low.

SUGANO MAKES HIS STATEMENT!

Technology


"In the 1970's, Sugano began to experiment with phono cartridges by substituting his own parts in commercially available models. His keen ear and deductive reasoning, combined with an artist's sensibilities, led to the creation of what would become a legend in audio. Sensing the moment, Sugano named his cartridge after his hero, Koetsu.

Sugano's quest led him to enlist universities, specialized industries and master craftspeople to create the special parts to go into his masterpieces. One of the first to use 4 nines copper (99.99% pure), current production uses 6 nines copper (99.9999% pure). Platinum signature models feature silver cladding of the 6 nines copper, a process where a silver sheath is slowly drawn over the copper conductor.

Ultra-pure iron square plate formers were sourced for their most predictable magnetic characteristics and lowest oxidation. Pre-aged to the perfect consistency, rubber suspension parts are sourced under license with a rubber damper manufacturer. Special magnetic materials, including Alnico have been featured. Today, samarium-cobalt is used with platinum magnets reserved for the flagship models. Japanese craftsmen carve the rosewood bodies, lacquer coat the Urushi bodies, or cut stone for the onyx Platinum. Styli are specially designed and precision ground for
Koetsu.

Today, Sugano's sons have revived his art and continue to create musical masterpieces under the watchful eye of the old master. For every music lover, your journey to musical nirvana is incomplete without a
Koetsu phono cartridge in your system."

"Every audiophile music lover knows of the legendary sound of Koetsu phono cartridges from decades past. Those old enough to have experienced Sugano's Koetsus retain the memory of a musical experience unequaled. Few were privileged to own and enjoy a Koetsu. Many of the converted searched out second and third Koetsus, assuring a long, cherished relationship."



$ 3,700.00 Each

EACH

 

Please call or write for special programs and additional information about this wonderful product.

KOETSU URUSHI RED "Vermillion" Moving Coil
  • Output at 1KHz 5CM/sec.: 0.6mV.
  • Channel Separation: >30 dB.
  • Channel Balance: Within 0.5 dB.
  • Ohms: 5 Ohms.
  • Loading Range: 5 - 100k.
  • Tracking Force: 1.8 - 2.0 Grams.
  • Compliance: Medium - Low.

SUGANO MAKES HIS STATEMENT!

Technology


"Now, in analog's Golden Renaissance and through the efforts of Sugano's sons, Koetsu phono cartridges are again available. Though limited in quantity due to their personal, hand built nature, the Sugano family offers a range of models including the Rosewoods, the Urushi, and the ultimate Koetsu, the Onyx Platinum.

To fully appreciate Koetsu, we must know Yosiaki Sugano, artist, musician, swordsman, calligrapher, business executive and creator of the world's most renowned phono cartridges. In his youth, choral singing introduced him to western music, He pursued sword making, dueling, calligraphy and painting, emulating his hero, the 17th century Japanese landmark figure, Honami Koetsu. In postwar Japan, Sugano rose to prominence in one of Japan's largest industrial companies, yet continued to pursue his passions, now including hi-fi.

"In the 1970's, Sugano began to experiment with phono cartridges by substituting his own parts in commercially available models. His keen ear and deductive reasoning, combined with an artist's sensibilities, led to the creation of what would become a legend in audio. Sensing the moment, Sugano named his cartridge after his hero, Koetsu.

Sugano's quest led him to enlist universities, specialized industries and master craftspeople to create the special parts to go into his masterpieces. One of the first to use 4 nines copper (99.99% pure), current production uses 6 nines copper (99.9999% pure). Platinum signature models feature silver cladding of the 6 nines copper, a process where a silver sheath is slowly drawn over the copper conductor.

Ultra-pure iron square plate formers were sourced for their most predictable magnetic characteristics and lowest oxidation. Pre-aged to the perfect consistency, rubber suspension parts are sourced under license with a rubber damper manufacturer. Special magnetic materials, including Alnico have been featured. Today, samarium-cobalt is used with platinum magnets reserved for the flagship models. Japanese craftsmen carve the rosewood bodies, lacquer coat the Urushi bodies, or cut stone for the onyx Platinum. Styli are specially designed and precision ground for Koetsu."

"Every audiophile music lover knows of the legendary sound of Koetsu phono cartridges from decades past. Those old enough to have experienced Sugano's Koetsus retain the memory of a musical experience unequaled. Few were privileged to own and enjoy a Koetsu. Many of the converted searched out second and third Koetsus, assuring a long, cherished relationship."



$ 4,300.00 Each

EACH

 

Please call or write for special programs and additional information about this wonderful product.

KOETSU URUSHI BLACK "Tsugaru" Moving Coil
  • Output at 1KHz 5CM/sec.: 0.6mV.
  • Channel Separation: >30 dB.
  • Channel Balance: Within 0.5 dB.
  • Ohms: 5 Ohms.
  • Loading Range: 5 - 100k.
  • Tracking Force: 1.8 - 2.0 Grams.
  • Compliance: Medium - Low.

SUGANO MAKES HIS STATEMENT!

Technology


"In the 1970's, Sugano began to experiment with phono cartridges by substituting his own parts in commercially available models. His keen ear and deductive reasoning, combined with an artist's sensibilities, led to the creation of what would become a legend in audio. Sensing the moment, Sugano named his cartridge after his hero, Koetsu.

Sugano's quest led him to enlist universities, specialized industries and master craftspeople to create the special parts to go into his masterpieces. One of the first to use 4 nines copper (99.99% pure), current production uses 6 nines copper (99.9999% pure). Platinum signature models feature silver cladding of the 6 nines copper, a process where a silver sheath is slowly drawn over the copper conductor.

Ultra-pure iron square plate formers were sourced for their most predictable magnetic characteristics and lowest oxidation. Pre-aged to the perfect consistency, rubber suspension parts are sourced under license with a rubber damper manufacturer. Special magnetic materials, including Alnico have been featured. Today, samarium-cobalt is used with platinum magnets reserved for the flagship models. Japanese craftsmen carve the rosewood bodies, lacquer coat the Urushi bodies, or cut stone for the onyx Platinum. Styli are specially designed and precision ground for
Koetsu.

Today, Sugano's sons have revived his art and continue to create musical masterpieces under the watchful eye of the old master. For every music lover, your journey to musical nirvana is incomplete without a
Koetsu phono cartridge in your system."

"Every audiophile music lover knows of the legendary sound of Koetsu phono cartridges from decades past. Those old enough to have experienced Sugano's Koetsus retain the memory of a musical experience unequaled. Few were privileged to own and enjoy a Koetsu. Many of the converted searched out second and third Koetsus, assuring a long, cherished relationship."

 



$ 4,300.00 Each

EACH

 

Please call or write for special programs and additional information about this wonderful product.

KOETSU ROSEWOOD SIGNATURE PLATINUM Moving Coil
  • Output at 1KHz 5CM/sec.: 0.2mV.
  • Channel Separation: >30 dB.
  • Channel Balance: Within 0.5 dB.
  • Ohms: 5 Ohms.
  • Loading Range: 5 - 100k.
  • Tracking Force: 1.8 - 2.0 Grams.
  • Compliance: Medium - Low.

SUGANO MAKES HIS STATEMENT!

Technology


"In the 1970's, Sugano began to experiment with phono cartridges by substituting his own parts in commercially available models. His keen ear and deductive reasoning, combined with an artist's sensibilities, led to the creation of what would become a legend in audio. Sensing the moment, Sugano named his cartridge after his hero, Koetsu.

Sugano's quest led him to enlist universities, specialized industries and master craftspeople to create the special parts to go into his masterpieces. One of the first to use 4 nines copper (99.99% pure), current production uses 6 nines copper (99.9999% pure). Platinum signature models feature silver cladding of the 6 nines copper, a process where a silver sheath is slowly drawn over the copper conductor.

Ultra-pure iron square plate formers were sourced for their most predictable magnetic characteristics and lowest oxidation. Pre-aged to the perfect consistency, rubber suspension parts are sourced under license with a rubber damper manufacturer. Special magnetic materials, including Alnico have been featured. Today, samarium-cobalt is used with platinum magnets reserved for the flagship models. Japanese craftsmen carve the rosewood bodies, lacquer coat the Urushi bodies, or cut stone for the onyx Platinum. Styli are specially designed and precision ground for
Koetsu.

Today, Sugano's sons have revived his art and continue to create musical masterpieces under the watchful eye of the old master. For every music lover, your journey to musical nirvana is incomplete without a
Koetsu phono cartridge in your system."

"Every audiophile music lover knows of the legendary sound of Koetsu phono cartridges from decades past. Those old enough to have experienced Sugano's Koetsus retain the memory of a musical experience unequaled. Few were privileged to own and enjoy a Koetsu. Many of the converted searched out second and third Koetsus, assuring a long, cherished relationship."



$ 5,900.00 Each

EACH

 

Please call or write for special programs and additional information about this wonderful product.

KOETSU ROSEWOOD SIGNATURE PLATINUM Moving Coil
  • Output at 1KHz 5CM/sec.: 0.2mV.
  • Channel Separation: >30 dB.
  • Channel Balance: Within 0.5 dB.
  • Ohms: 5 Ohms.
  • Loading Range: 5 - 100k.
  • Tracking Force: 1.8 - 2.0 Grams.
  • Compliance: Medium - Low.

SUGANO MAKES HIS STATEMENT!

Technology


"In the 1970's, Sugano began to experiment with phono cartridges by substituting his own parts in commercially available models. His keen ear and deductive reasoning, combined with an artist's sensibilities, led to the creation of what would become a legend in audio. Sensing the moment, Sugano named his cartridge after his hero, Koetsu.

Sugano's quest led him to enlist universities, specialized industries and master craftspeople to create the special parts to go into his masterpieces. One of the first to use 4 nines copper (99.99% pure), current production uses 6 nines copper (99.9999% pure). Platinum signature models feature silver cladding of the 6 nines copper, a process where a silver sheath is slowly drawn over the copper conductor.

Ultra-pure iron square plate formers were sourced for their most predictable magnetic characteristics and lowest oxidation. Pre-aged to the perfect consistency, rubber suspension parts are sourced under license with a rubber damper manufacturer. Special magnetic materials, including Alnico have been featured. Today, samarium-cobalt is used with platinum magnets reserved for the flagship models. Japanese craftsmen carve the rosewood bodies, lacquer coat the Urushi bodies, or cut stone for the onyx Platinum. Styli are specially designed and precision ground for
Koetsu.

Today, Sugano's sons have revived his art and continue to create musical masterpieces under the watchful eye of the old master. For every music lover, your journey to musical nirvana is incomplete without a
Koetsu phono cartridge in your system."

"Every audiophile music lover knows of the legendary sound of Koetsu phono cartridges from decades past. Those old enough to have experienced Sugano's Koetsus retain the memory of a musical experience unequaled. Few were privileged to own and enjoy a Koetsu. Many of the converted searched out second and third Koetsus, assuring a long, cherished relationship."



$ 8,000.00 Each

EACH

 

Please call or write for special programs and additional information about this wonderful product.

KOETSU ROSEWOOD SIGNATURE PLATINUM Moving Coil
  • Output at 1KHz 5CM/sec.: 0.2mV.
  • Channel Separation: >30 dB.
  • Channel Balance: Within 0.5 dB.
  • Ohms: 5 Ohms.
  • Loading Range: 5 - 100k.
  • Tracking Force: 1.8 - 2.0 Grams.
  • Compliance: Medium - Low.

SUGANO MAKES HIS STATEMENT!

Technology


"In the 1970's, Sugano began to experiment with phono cartridges by substituting his own parts in commercially available models. His keen ear and deductive reasoning, combined with an artist's sensibilities, led to the creation of what would become a legend in audio. Sensing the moment, Sugano named his cartridge after his hero, Koetsu.

Sugano's quest led him to enlist universities, specialized industries and master craftspeople to create the special parts to go into his masterpieces. One of the first to use 4 nines copper (99.99% pure), current production uses 6 nines copper (99.9999% pure). Platinum signature models feature silver cladding of the 6 nines copper, a process where a silver sheath is slowly drawn over the copper conductor.

Ultra-pure iron square plate formers were sourced for their most predictable magnetic characteristics and lowest oxidation. Pre-aged to the perfect consistency, rubber suspension parts are sourced under license with a rubber damper manufacturer. Special magnetic materials, including Alnico have been featured. Today, samarium-cobalt is used with platinum magnets reserved for the flagship models. Japanese craftsmen carve the rosewood bodies, lacquer coat the Urushi bodies, or cut stone for the onyx Platinum. Styli are specially designed and precision ground for
Koetsu.

Today, Sugano's sons have revived his art and continue to create musical masterpieces under the watchful eye of the old master. For every music lover, your journey to musical nirvana is incomplete without a
Koetsu phono cartridge in your system."

"Every audiophile music lover knows of the legendary sound of Koetsu phono cartridges from decades past. Those old enough to have experienced Sugano's Koetsus retain the memory of a musical experience unequaled. Few were privileged to own and enjoy a Koetsu. Many of the converted searched out second and third Koetsus, assuring a long, cherished relationship."



$ 8,000.00 Each

EACH

 

Please call or write for special programs and additional information about this wonderful product.

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