Urushi Wajima Moving Coil Cartridge
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 ...
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.
- Body: Rosewood with Urushi Lacquer
- Type: Moving Coil
- Coil Wiring: Silverplated Copper
- Magnet: Samarium-Cobalt
- Cantilever: Boron Cantilever
- Output Volts: 0.4mV
- Frequency Range: 20Hz to 100kHz
- Channel Seperation: 25db/1kHz
- Inner Impedance: 5 Ohm
- Channel Balance: 0.5db/1kHz
- Recommended Impedance: 30 Ohm
- Weight: 9g
- Compliance: 5 x 10-6 cm/dyne at 100 hz
The Gold (Wajima) finish encrusts the whole cartridge body with gold flakes and is the most difficult to produce.
The Black (Tsugaru) starts with a base piano-black finish and has bands of gold speckle along its sides.
The Vermillion is finished in a less striking reddish lacquer colour.
The Urushi cartridges are probably the most striking in the whole Koetsu lineup because it encompasses the traditional art of Japanese lacquerware in the production of the cartridge body. Even without reproducing music, the Urushi is itself, a work of art.
Urushi refers to the use of colored lacquers, produced by mixing pigments with clear lacquer. The principle of urushi work or Japanese lacquer work is simple: Urushi is the substance of the urushi tree. To return the urushi to wood is the premise of the urushi art. The Koetsu Urushi cartridges are four cartridges with different types of Urushi lacquer applied.
The urushi wajima is made of a rosewood body with urushi lacquer artwork the Wajima way. Wajima-nuri uses a technique that is unique to the area, mixing a finely powdered mineral, jinoko, with the lacquer in the early stages of production. Jinoko adds extra durability to Wajima-nuri items. The rougher, earlier layers are then coated with more layers of finer lacquer, which is then polished to a lustrous shine, and often decorated with designs made of gold and other precious materials.
Koetsu cartridges are legendary and are some of the most highly sought premium phono cartridges in the world. Beautifully handcrafted using the finest materials, the attention to detail is truly remarkable with only a small number of cartridges produced each year. Koetsu was founded by Yoshiaki Sugano who was a boxer, artist, sword maker, automotive executive and lover of western classical music. His love of music took him on a journey designing and building some of the most beautiful and best sounding phono cartridges in the world.
Yoshiaki Sugano passed away in 2002 aged 95 but the legacy of Koetsu lives on with his son Fumihiko who having been an apprentice under his father is now a master cartridge maker in his own right. All Koetsu cartridges are still hand made in Japan using the finest materials to produce cartridges that not only sound fantastic, but are a work of art.
If you’re a fan of vinyl and want to take your equipment to the top level, then a Koetsu cartridge is an upgrade that will give you lasting satisfaction. For more information about Koetsu cartridges get in touch with Oxford Audio today on 01865 790 879.