For sale is a new Mk3 version of the Transfiguration Phoenix MC cartridge. I purchased it as a 150 hour dealer demo unit, and auditioned it for an additional ten. These haven't been out long as the new model shipments started late December. It still looks new and perfect all around.
I was curious to try it and certainly appreciate its extended range and natural sound. But I find my current cartridge a better match for my system/ears. Here is a great opportunity to save big on a near-new premium cartridge.
I will be away and unable to ship this cartridge from 4/7 to 4/13 but will be happy to get it shipped this week in the event of a quick sale. Thanks for your interest.
Below is further background copied from the ad for a new Phoenix . . .
"Those of you lucky enough to have owned the Transfiguration cartridges will know just how special the revamp of the line is. Yoshioka San has built off his triumphs in the design of the Orpheus L and has adapted much of the technologies involved into the Axia and Phoenix. This current re-launch yields the third version of each of these highly regarded cartridges.
The revised version of an Axia has the same 5N silver wire and neodymium magnets as the ones for the Phoenix. The modified Phoenix, using the similar special core for the Orpheus L and a new 5N thicker gauge silver wire to be made in the United States to Yoshioka San’s specifications:
Internal impedance (very important!)
Axia (old) 8 ohms
version III (new) 4 ohms
Phoenix (old) 4 ohms
version III (new) 2 ohms
Both of the new version III’s have an ability to resolve musical detail, with excellent air and an ability to retrieve information, especially in soft passages and where subtle musical harmonics are very important.
Their output voltages (0.4 mV, 3.54cm/sec., 1kHz)) remain unchanged. The Orpheus has been discontinued as the new Phoenix bests it in performance! The Phoenix III ($4,250.00) has made the ($8,000.00) Orpheus L redundant. The 'new' Axia and Phoenix are the most musically honest and most technically performing cartridges at any price range."