Second MC Cartridge Choice.....Tokyo

So I am looking for a second (no 3rd) cartridge for my system....which is comprised of a Kuzma Stabi S12 w/12" 313 arm......currently running the Airtight PC-7 on it.

My other table is a Luxman PD 151 with an MM cartridge (Sumiko Amethyst) and I want to get an MC for it as well. I was thinking along the lines of the inro MSL but then wondered if maybe I would  be better off with Audio Technica Art OC9a or OC9i?

Also wondered if anyone has heard the new Hana Blue Umami?

I am going to Tokyo for an extended work trip and hoped I could find something there at an advantageous price. I am open to other suggestions.

Almost exclusively listen to jazz....lots of horns and such.

I use a Modwright PH 9.0 fed into Dennis Had tube gear and sometimes switch out to a 2a3 FI-X. While I love detail it is an organic sound I am after.....with a liquid mid-range.


thanks for any thoughts.



I don't have an direct experience but I'm personally very interested in Etsuro and they seem hard to get in the US - you might have better luck in Japan

You might also want to look into the Benz cartridge line up the Gullwing, or Glider series are very good, you might also want to try the EMT audio cartridges.

@rwanda I have an AT-ART9XI in my Rega P6 and a Skyanalog G-2 in my Technics SL 1210GR.  The ART9XI is exceptionally transparent.  It really doesn't color the music much at all.  Dynamics, presence, clarity and magic are all improved over streaming and lesser cartridges.  However, the ART9XI isn't laid back.  It is lively and a little bright but not harsh.  In contrast the Skyanalog G-2 (still only 13 hours on it) is somewhat colored with very strong bass and mid-range but highs are a bit rolled off. The G-2 is more euphonic and in photo terms I would say it is adding saturation and vibrance, the ART9XI seems more analytical.  Both seem like exceptional cartridges to me within their price points.  I haven't been able to choose between them yet.


Good. I was looking at the Bordeaux before I bought the Aidas from you but could not get one at the time - a decision I enjoy immensely everyday!