Benz Micro Ebony TR low-output moving-coil cartridge. I am the original owner, selling after just 20 hours of play - it's not even fully broken in yet. Sounds truly wonderful - you won't be disappointed - but very sadly I am no longer using an external step-up transformer and my current phono stage lacks the gain I need for it, hence the sale.
This is the ultimate cartridge for high-quality SUTs - super low output and super low impedance - sounded fantastic and as-billed with my Shindo Masseto preamp. Also had excellent synergy with Hashimoto HM7 and Bob's Devices Cinemag 1:40.
Read Jack Roberts' review on Dagogo - and especially his comparisons with carts including the EMT JSD5, the London Decca Reference, the Soundsmith Strain Gauge, and even the legendary (and now extinct) Miyabi Standard, with which the Ebony TR shares many close characteristics and specifications.
Comes with original box as shown, although I don't have the brush and spirit level. Please see my feedback and buy with confidence. I'll pick up the shipping, buyer pays Paypal fees. International bidders please contact me before using "Buy it Now."
From the manufacturer:
Introducing the Benz Micro S Class! The S Class furthers the performance, selection and value of the Benz Micro line. The continued evolution of the Benz cartridge line and the culmination of years of research and manufacturing refinements, the S Class incorporates new materials, advancements in moving coil and suspension design, and upgraded styli on the Benz Swiss hand-made moving coils.
Albert Lukaschek began researching increased performance and uniformity of his crosscoil designs while developing the Benz Ebony H, L and TR models. Experimenting with the length of the solid Boron cantilever revealed how the elasticity of this very stiff material contributed to compliance and trackability. Development of a grooved rear pole piece for countersinking the o-ring damper, first introduced on the Benz Ruby square plate cartridges, was then adapted to the cross coil designs, given their lower contact area and damping characteristics. The lower mass coils and matched cantilevers of the new S Class retain their real world output levels and with their improved styli, offer higher performance.
All models of Benz Cartridges feature the new improved pole pieces featuring a machined insert for the damper O-ring resulting in greater mechanical linearity of the suspension. Benz cartridges also feature the Gyger S stylus precision bonded at the Benz factory to a 5.5mm solid boron cantilever.
Music lovers are getting the best performance/value ratio in phono cartridges, regardless of output level. Benz offers industry leading programs in upgrading previous Benz models to the new S Class.
The Benz Ebony TR S Class Cartridge is one of the world's best MC Cartridges, combining the aged Ebony body of the Benz LP, new low mass cross coil generator wound with 16 micron copper wire, new pole pieces, and the Benz Gyger S stylus. Benz best stylus, typically reserved for the LP, Ruby and Reference models, features a Gyger S stylus precision bonded at the Benz factory to a 5.5mm solid boron cantilever.
Ultra Smooth Response Curve
Huge Tight Defined Bass
Round Warm Mids & Crisp Clean Highs
Extremely Wide & Seep Soundstage
Superior 3-D Imaging
Output Voltage: 0.1mV at 3.54cm/s
Stylus Shape: Micro-Ridge
Internal Ohms: 1ohm
Loading Range: Greater Than 10 ohms
Weight: 10.7 grams
Compliance: 14 um/mN
Tracking: 1.6-1.9 grams
Break-In Period: 40 Hours
Warranty: 2 Years Manufacturing Defects
Benz Ebony TR Specifications
Impedance: 1 ohm
Loading range: >5 ohms
Tracking force: 1.6-1.9g
Cartridge is in as-new condition. Check my feedback and buy with confidence.