GLANZ MFG 610LX


I have been searching for this uber rare GLANZ cartridge since mid 80´s as I missed my opportunity to purchase one when it was for sale back in the day. I knew its reputation as one of finest cartridges available but I just missed it, young and foolish I was. In the same price category, I bought SHURE V-15V-MR instead.

Now thirty years later I owe one, NOS found in a barren town near the Arctic Circle. It sounds just fantastic out of the box. I am very lucky as this model is so seriously rare.
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This model might be different from the older Glanz MFG 61, but i'm sure it's better than all others and it looks close to my MFG 61 which is fantastic cartridge. 

NOS found in a barren town near the Arctic Circle. 

What a story! Can you describe why it's so good, for the uninitiated? 
Could it have been frozen in the arctic tundra, next to a Wooly Mammoth? Another victim of climate change?  Perhaps the cold temperatures preserved it as new.

It’s on ebay right now along with many other glanz and astatic cartridges (NOS) from the same seller. He’s got multiply stock and actually it’s on ebay for a long time (unsold). So the hype is over?

61 is the best Glanz so far, special stylus tip and cantilever material makes this model superior over the others. 

I've noticed that Mitachi made their cartridges even for Jamo and they are branded Jamo. 
My adventures in the land of snow and ice are quite different to another seeker´s, my dear old friend. Long ago in the Russian hills, near the Arctic Tundra, a famous pole explorer Father Tiresias found the regal Hogweed by a marsh. He captured it and brought it home. But that is another story, and not quite a happy one like mine.
The old man from whom I acquired the cartridge said " We must keep this place in secret", and he gave me his last spare cartridge and vanished into snow flurry. I will never reveal his hiding place.

Oh yes, I have known that Japanese site for a long time but I´m not quite sure if it´s a true NOS.  That´s why I bought a genuine one.
Anyway, whatever the case, I strongly advice to grab on those while they are available. 
I know a person who has bought glanz cards from ebay and happy about purchase from this japanese seller, they are nos, but without boxes in a bulk stock.
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I just hit the buy it now on the Glanz 610 . I hope the suspension is still good . I think the Japanese end of vinyl era cartridges are some of the best made . I will compare it to my Nagaoka jewel tone JT-R 3 Ribbon


@enginerd1960 Great, if this model is equal to the earlier and mega rare MFG 61 then it's absolutely amazing cartridge.   
Anyone know anything about the Glanz Azzurra Esoter MF also available on eBay?  
I have a sneaky suspision all those come from one Jap seller on ebay. Grabbed an Esoter and Victor X-1 from him, both crispy brand new.
Esoter is nice sounding cart can tell you honestly. Have not too fundamental knowledge to qualify it as there are so many Glanz/Astatic line-ups, maybe it is equivalent to G-40 (?) or maybe MF300(??)
 I tested G-40EX which he has listed recently (with blue stylus plastic), it sounded supersonic. Esoter is on par with G-40 to my ears. 
Last month the same seller sold Glanz G-40 which had a yellow stylus plastic and carried no letter abbreviation after '40'.
If anyone knows difference between G-40EX and G-40 please respond. No info around the Web. 


@hymanroath

none of these cartridges are close to the Glanz 61, because the cantilever and stylus tip on 61 is absolutely different. I’ve owned all of them, when i received Glanz 31L i was very impressed, this model is equal to Astatic MF-200, then i’ve managed to get Glanz 71L which is equal to Astatic MF-100. Those two comes with Line Contact stylus and you can find so many feedbacks about Glanz from audiogon members: https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/glanz-moving-magnet-cartridges But the Glanz 61 kills them all, this cartridge compete with the best of the best (MMs and MCs), so much details, ultimate highs and deep bass, absolutely amazing cartridge and super rare, never turns up for sale! I’m not sure the Glanz 610LX is equal to the rare MFG-61 model.

I have two Victor X-1 and Victor X1II - they are great cartridges!

The Azzurra Esoter comes with spherical/conical stulus and that’s why it is not expensive, but the MF generator is the same on all Glanz models, it’s is probably equal to Astatic MF-300 or MF-400. But Azurra is unknown and that’s why it’s cheaper than Astatic or Glanz. I got one as a present from Nandric last year, i have tested it and i was impressed, mainly because it’s easy to re-cantilever and te-rip them in Germany by Axel to upgrade this cartridge to another level! Axel can easity repair suspension as well (just for about 60 euro, i did it once with my NOS Glanz 71L). Then i managed to find more sampes of Azzurra in original boxes with manuals, but not from Japan (japanese guy selling them without boxes and without manual, unfortunately). Anyway they are great for radio broadcast and for professional use, conical tip is less fuzzy to tonearm/cartridge settings.

Here is what i know about Azzurra Esoter Limited Editon series of the MF cartridges:

In 1983 Italian yacht Azzurra from Sardinia won Louis Vuitton Cup held in Newport, Rhode Island, United States. The City of Newport is located approximately 119 km south of Boston. Azzurra, skippered by Mauro Pelaschier (Yacht Club Costa Smeralda), came 3rd in that competition. The original Azzurra team won 24 of 49 races and developed a large and loyal following in Italy. The largest high-end distributor in Italy (Giancarlo Bonetti) teamed up with Japanese Mitachi Corporation in the 80’s to released a dedicated custom made phono cartridge called Azzurra Esoter! The Moving Flux generator, patented by Mitachi Corporation, has been successfuly used before in Japanese high-end cartridges under the Glanz brand. Those revolutionary MF systems brings together the advantages of the MC and MM technologies. In fact, while behaving sonically as a Moving Coil, its output voltage of 3.5 mV did not require the use of a step-up transformers or high gain. Azzurra Esoter is a mid compliance cartridge, tracks well at 1.75g, comes with a very well polished conical stylus tip. The sound is warm, lush and seductive with its unique Moving Flux signal generator.
Thank you for that, Chakster. Based on your description I just ordered one (Azzurra) for my son, whose fairly modest analog setup could probably benefit from a cartridge like what you described. Will report back.
@chakster 
Well, a remarkable story of collaboration, many thanks for giving a chance to learn more about Glanz heritage.
After several hours of listening I can state that Esoter is much more than a 'working horse' it was supposed to be. Considering current price tag it's a steal. 


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