I bought this Cartridge Dec 2017 From an Authorized Ikeda Dealer.
Simply put I like trying out different Cart/arm combinations... The 9tt certainly is one of those "sleeper cartridges" that kinda fly under the radar. The 9TT has Excellent dynamics, separation, and live "in your room" vocals. The bass is very impactful, deep and tight, the highs have a real "sparkle" with no glare whatsoever. This cartridge was only ever mounted on my Ikeda it407 then my Kuzma 4 Point 14" both of which as can be expected were a fantastic match, then it was then put away in its factory box.
From the web:
The Ikeda 9TT is specially designed and developed with the concept that a cartridge should be easier to handle, by inheriting the characteristics of competent ability for the sonorous expression power attained with the former cantilever-less IKEDA 9 series cartridges.
The body is made of a solid aluminum alloy by lathing a piece of aluminum precisely one by one in order to hold the generator unit firmly.
The cantilever is made of a double layered duralumin pipe in order to reduce its actual weight and any possible warping affecting the sound badly, in addition to gaining stiffness.
The sound sources picked up by the line contact architecture of the stylus chip will be precisely delivered to the magnetic coils. In addition, thanks to the highly efficient Permalloy core, low impedance coils, very strong neodymium magnet and an ideally shaped magnet yoke, it is possible to purely reproduce the sound without having any redundant coloring of sound.
In order to pick up the hidden sound elements and a glamor of sounds itself engraved on LPs/SPs in addition to the fulfillment for various conditions required for the best phono cartridge as a reproducing device, we always spend plenty of time to fabricate and then make an alignment repeatedly.
Moving Coil (MC)
0.16mVrms (1kHz 35.4mm/sec. at 45°peak)
2.0 ohms (1kHz)
Appropriate Stylus Force:
1.8 grams ±0.2 grams
10Hz - 45kHz
Over 27dB (1kHz)
Within 1.0dB (1kHz)
Solid Diamond, Line Contact
Double layered duralumin pipe
Left Channel, White (hot), Blue (ground)
Right Channel, Red (hot), Green (ground)
Buyer responsible for all fees and shipping.