Cartridges by Murasakino

Murasakino Sumile cartridges are characterized by their portrayal of rich, dense harmonic structures.

If correct rendition of woodwinds is a priority for you, this cartridge (in either stereo or mono) should be on your short list.

Don't take this comment as one of a cartridge that obscures fine detail, nuance, fine dynamic shadings and which compromises the ability to track complex rhythmic structures.

Galibier Design - Murasakino Sumile Cartridge

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The extraordinarily low low internal impedance (1.2 ohms in the stereo version), reduces moving mass, and hence the ability to track complex rhythmic structures with aplomb.

While visually complementing the cartridge body, the gold-plated, stainless steel base plate is not for merely for show.

After observing the effects of plating on various wind instruments, and after experimentation, the combination of 304 stainless (for strength/rigidity), with gold plating was arrived at. 

As we experiment with this cartridge over time, we'll comment on a list of matching tonearms.  For the time being, know that the Sumiles are not limited to the vintage style dreadnought tonearms like the Ikedas, Fidelity Researches and such.

For those of you with lighter weight arms, we are manufacturing stainless headshell shims (weights) which are a perfect match for the stainless/gold base plate of the Sumiles.

In our experience, managing the interface between adjacent component "layers" is critical to controlling the energy transfer characteristics in a cartridge/tonearm/armboard/turntable system.

This is all too frequently overlooked by many.  Contact us if you have any questions.

Sumile (stereo) - $8,995

Galibier Design - Murasakino Sumile Cartridge

Sumile (stereo)

The Sumile's magnet structure allows for an extremely low number of coil winds (DC resistance is 1.2 ohms), which contributes to the low moving mass and dynamic response of both Sumile versions, while retaining a reasonable output level of 0.35mV.




Frequency Response

10-50 kHz

Cantilever

Boron

Magnetic Circuitry

Neodymium

Output Level

0.35 mv at 1 kHz

Internal Coil Impedance

1.2Ω

Tracking Force

1.9-2.1 g.

Channel Balance

<= 0.5 dB

Channel Separation

>= 30 dB

Housing Base

Gold plated stainless steel (304)

Housing Body

Aluminum (A5056)

Mass

14.5 g

Sumile Mono - $8,995

Galibier Design -Murasakino Sumile Mono Cartridge

Sumile Mono

Starting with the Sumile stereo cartridge, the Sumle mono was tuned to compliment the physical differences in mono playback. 

The body and base plate are identical to it's stereo sibling.

Three key differences are the cantilever material, coil impedance (more winds), and its resultant, slightly higher output.  

Murasakino paid attention to the differing physical requirements of mono playback.

They firmly believe that the increased output and inductance (due to more coil winds) is better suited to mono playback.

Geared toward more vintage (high mass arms), we encourage experimentation with headshell shims (weights) if the mass of your tonearm is in the light/medium range (10-12 grams).



Frequency Response

10-30 kHz

Cantilever

Duraluminum (A2017)

Magnetic Circuitry

Neodymium

Output Level

0.4 mv at 1 kHz

Internal Impedance

1.5Ω

Tracking Force

2.7-3.3 grams

Stylus

0.6 mil

Housing Base

Gold plated stainless steel (304)

Housing Body

Aluminum (A5056)

Mass

14.5 g

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