Ikeda/Rowland9 REXThis is the famous "Cantilever-less Moving Coil" that shook the audio world when first introduced. Some called it a "moving coil Decca London without the faults." It is no longer available from the...6500.00
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Ikeda/Rowland 9 REX Renewed by Ikeda-san [Template]
This is the famous "Cantilever-less Moving Coil" that shook the audio world when first introduced. Some called it a "moving coil Decca London without the faults." It is no longer available from the Ikeda Company since Ikeda-san has retired and sold the company. The new management replaced it with conventional cantilevered cartridges (Ikeda-Kai) that are easier to build. Its replacement costs over $8500 - that is what I based my "new price" on. History: I obtained a Jeff Rowland Complement that was built by Ikeda and rebadged. (This cartridge also got rave reviews, rightly so, from the pundits.) I sent it to Ikeda-San in Japan who personally rebuilt it to Ikeda 9 Rex specs - the top of the line. This was not inexpensive nor was the long wait! I had it mounted in my Ittok with the rare high mass counterweight by a Linn technician who used test equipment, not just protractors to set all the important parameters. The cartridge has had less than 20 "VPI cleaned" records played on it. It is still breaking in. It has astounding immediacy, fidelity and stygian bass. It is best used in a high mass, arm in a turntable without a ferrous platter since the cartridge has a huge magnetic field. Judicious arm damping can be an advantage. The new Ikeda tonearms, that are an Ikeda-san design, should work well. It needs a phono preamp that is very quiet and has lots of gain. I run it 100 ohms in a Pass phono system. There are no children in the house, nonsmokers and my lovely wife is a clean freak. I will be available after the sale for intelligent consultation. If you would like the Linn/Ittok so the cartridge remains mounted I'm open to offers. If you know what this is buy it because you will probably never find another one in NA in this condition.
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