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FOR SALE: Sumiko BlackBird High Output Moving Coil Cartridge
Sumiko Blackbird – Original owner
Recently retipped by The Soundsmith with the Ruby Cantilever / Nude Contact Line Diamond option ($350), this cartridge trounces the performance of the original. I could not believe how much better this Blackbird was after I got it back from The Soundsmith. It is a major upgrade that all my friends noticed.
This cartridge was slightly and lovingly used. It now has less than 80 hrs of playing time. If anything that number is understated and the actual amount is less. It has just broken in, and really begun to bloom. Really don’t want to part with this gem, but I must. No damage or problems.
A little about the Blackbird: Designed for exceedingly low noise levels, wide dynamic range and the highest possible fidelity in its price class. Each cartridge is assembled using time honored, labor intensive techniques, hand calibrated and critically auditioned to meet the most rigorous standards of consistency. The main advantage of high output moving coil cartridges is the elimination of any additional gain stages, resulting in an overall reduction of the noise floor. With 2.5mV directly driving a standard 47k Ohm RIAA phono stage, the best possible signal to noise ratio is realized.
I will ship in the original box, then bubble wrap and double-box the original to ensure no damage while in shipping.
This ad was originally posted on US Audio Mart and the seller ships to Canada, and the United States.