after a weekend full of Pierre Clement experiments (getting into the direction of High End…😉) here is another adventure:
a real, over 20 years old Kiseki Agaat Ruby catridge! While the headshell is only camouflage – pls. compare the Kanjis – this beautiful sounding cartridge is not to be mistaken as one coming from the revival company.
The original thin Agaat stone encompasses the motor and magnet. The Ruby 4.5. is carrying a special SACO magnet 3 times the size used in other cartridges of that period. This gives the Kiseki Agaat Ruby a 35 % higher output compared to the Kiseki Blue or the Kiseki Purpleheart.
Internal impedance is 42 Ohm. As I am experimenting at the moment my Tango MCT-999 transformer being connected at the 40 Ohms position (1:10 ratio) seems to be a perfect matching partner. There might be other options, I will check.
As the “green jewel” is in a wonderful condition I am enjoying music in a way I wouldn’t have expected it. Now I need finding out who built these wonderful cartridges, Mr. Goro Fukado or Mr. Goro Fukuda? 😅
And what about a Kiseki Lapis Lazuli, the queen of MC carts, price when new 100K, oh no…