Audio Technica ART 9

Good evening. Does anyone know if there is an American retailer - other than a few sellers on Ebay - who is selling this cartridge? None of the usual suspects (Needle Dr., Acoustic Sounds) are carrying it. Is it not being offered in the U.S.?
LP Gear has it.
Great choice by the way.
I was always wondering why Audio Techinca didn't have a direct competitor to the Denon DL-S1 in the US. Now, I guess they do.
From everything I've read the AT ART9 is actually superior to the Denon DL-S1. Of course it's very subjective by nature and YMMV.
I saw that LP Gear has it. Is AT having a distribution issue in the US? It seems like there are very few places carrying their cartridges, especially their higher end ones.
LpTunes also has it. I wonder if there's some relationship with LpGear. They're both in the Las Vegas area but have different addresses. I wonder if one split off from the other and they both use the same distributor?
Johnnyb53...LP Gear and LP Tunes have the exact same address and fax phone number.

Same company.
It would be interesting to know why the one company actually does have two names. LP Gear and LP tunes.
From their names, one could surmise that of the two divisions, one sold equipment, and the other was a music distributorship. Just guessing?
I've purchased my last three cartridges from LP Tunes. No hassle and quick delivery. Recommended.
LP Gear/LP Tunes actually has three names, the other is Elex Atlier.
Some cart models were Japanese only and Lp Gear imported them. Examples of this are 7V and 100E (MM). The ART7 and 9 are now on the AT US site and apparently US models.

The reason there are few US dealers is not enough profit. Look at the list price on LP Gear and you have an answer.