Grace f-10 moving coil


I bought one of these off an a'goner last year. Initially it was a bit bright and the low end was brittle and lifeless. However, after about 50 or so hours, it is really coming to life. Although it is still a shade bit bright, the balance on this cart is really sweet and exciting. The low end has shown up with fine definition, especially on well recorded lps.

I know that Grace was built by the Sumiko, and interestinly enough, the F-10 body style looks very similar to the Blue Point No. 2. The sound is also similar , but without the simblance produced by the Blue Point.

There is not alot of info about the F-10, and I have only seen the one that I currently have. Does anyone have any experience with this cartridge?
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Actually Sumiko was the importer for Grace. Grace was manufactered by Shinagawa Musen Company LTD in Tokyo, Japan.
Hi, I am pleased you like the F10L. I kept the other one I had and am really enjoying it too. Your description is spot on.
There is hardly any info out there on them at all... I did find something on an Italian site, but it didn't really say much!
I am using it on a VPI Classic at the moment and it is a good combo.
Cheers.
Hi,

I have some info on the Grace F10 MC series cartridges.

The Grace F-10 Cartridge series consisted of 3 variants - the F-10C, F-10P and the F-10L. All 3 shared line-contact styli of 0.2 x 0.8, known by the Grace proprietry name of "Advanced Luminal Trace". There was no spherical stylus in the F-10 series.

The differences between the 3 variants was primarily the material used for the cantilever, the output, the recommended tracking force, the compliance, the frequency range, and the price.

I have been able to confirm the following information from an original Grace marketing brochure:


F-10C specifications:
Frequency characteristics: 20~30,000Hz±2dB
Output voltage: 0.5mV(5cm/sec, 1,000Hz, 45°)
Impedance: 15Ω±10%(1,000Hz)
Channel balance: within 0.5dB(1,000Hz)
Crosstalk: below -25dB(1,000Hz)
Stylus tip: 0.2×0.8mil Advanced Luminal Trace
Stylus pressure: 1.8gr (±0.3gr)
Compliance: 20×10-6cm/dyne
Cantilever: Superhard aluminum alloy-made tapered pipeline
Weight: 8.6gr
Price: ¥26,000

F-10L specifications:
Frequency characteristics: 20~30,000Hz±2dB
40~20,000Hz±1dB
Output voltage: 0.75mV(5cm/sec, 1,000Hz, 45°)
Impedance: 23Ω±10%(1,000Hz)
Channel balance: within 0.5dB(1,000Hz)
Crosstalk: below -25dB(1,000Hz)
Stylus tip: 0.2×0.8mil Advanced Luminal Trace
Stylus pressure: 1.8gr (±0.5gr)
Compliance: 20×10-6cm/dyne
Cantilever: Boron composite
Weight: 8.6gr
¥44,000

F-10P specifications:
Frequency characteristics: 20~25,000Hz±2dB
40~20,000Hz±1dB
Output voltage: 0.75mV(5cm/sec, 1,000Hz, 45°)
Impedance: 23Ω±10%(1,000Hz)
Channel balance: within 0.5dB(1,000Hz)
Crosstalk: below -25dB(1,000Hz)
Stylus tip: 0.2×0.8mil Advanced Luminal Trace
Stylus pressure: 2.5gr (±0.5gr)
Compliance: 13×10-6cm/dyne
Cantilever: Tapered OX titanium
Weight: 9.3gr
Price: ¥46,000


The marketing brochure describes the F-10 series and the 3 variants in the following terms:

"The Grace F-10P and F-10L are the successors to Japan's first MC style stereo cartridge - the Grace F-45 which went on sale over 20 years ago".

F-10C:
"super lightweight, super-rigid, tapered Aluminium alloy cantilever; highly magnetized samarium magnet"; The F-10C vividly crystalizes the sound image floating before your eyes".

F-10L:
"tapered light, high strength Boron cantilever; highly magnetized samarium magnet; For those who want to penetrate to the core of the original sound and seek reality we recommend the F-10L".

F-10P:
"tapered light, high strength Titanium cantilever; highly magnetized samarium magnet; We recommend the F-10P for those who wish to deeply immerse themselves in music".


I own both the F-10P and the F-10L and while I enjoy both, I much prefer the F-10P.

I hope this is useful.

Kind regards
John
I recently found an F-10P in good working order. It's still bedding in on an SME 3012R, but is clearly an excellent performer.