JVC MC1 Moving Coil Cartridge - Heritage?

I have one of these cartridges that I used for about 2 years(1980 - 1982). It has been stored since 1982. Does anyone know the history(design heritage(if any), how it was reviewed, good/bad qualities, value, etc.) of this cartridge? I believe it was a bit of a cult item when it was in production.
Dear Sheitert: I never had the opportunity to heard it but for its build design an specs seems to me that it is a good cartridge and you can confirm it when you hear it in your system.

here you can find some info about: http://www.vinylengine.com/library/jvc/mc-1.shtml

Regards and enjoy the music.
I own JVC MC-2 cartridge. Is is excellent, much better then the current Audio Technica crop of MCs. Excellent on jazz and small ensembles. I'm using it with matching JVC MC-T100 step-up transformer.

Here are some results from german stereoplay magazine:
JVC MC-2E 08/81 200 37-39
JVC MC-5E 06/83 300 37-39
JVC MC-L10 11/82 450 43-45

MC-L10 is the successor of MC-1.
The last column is the ranking

Here is catalog page:
Dear friends: Here you can see the MC-L10, very good indeed:


Regards and enjoy the music.
6 years later what can you say about JVC MC-1 catridge ?
I know someone who can sell a few boxed NOS JVC MC1
The MC-1 places its signal coils way out on the business end of the cantilever, only a millimeter or so away from the stylus. Since the coil position bypasses most of the cantilever's length, the MC-1 is a good performer with excellent dynamics and immediacy. But in return it is tricky to set up (body clearance is minimal and stylus visibility poor), and the 0.2mV output and moderately high self-impedance will pose a challenge for many phono stages.

When the stylus wears out, or if the MC-1 breaks, it may or may not be repairable. The signal coils are micro-circuit boards and delicate in construction (so are the lead-out wires, which run up the length of the cantilever), and their proximity to the stylus leaves them comparatively unprotected. Also, the magnetic circuit's nearness to the LP surface tends to suck up dirt, which over time can clog up the magnetic gap that the signal coils move in. Finally, the close proximity of signal coils to stylus may turn out to be a headache for retippers.

With all that said and done, if you own a low-noise high-gain phono stage and relish the thought of listening to something exotic and rare (I'd be surprised if there are many functioning MC-1s left, even in Japan), go for it.

Enjoy what life brings your way!

kind regards, jonathan