There is a ZENN cartridge. Not sure if that's it or not. Could you post a pic or two of it? You can't post pics on here, but maybe on Photobucket or something like that and give us the link.
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The Zenn cartridges were marketed in the U.S. under the Klipsch brand name. They were artisanal Japanese cartridges hand made by a gent named Hibino. I have an MCZ-7 in my collection and it is quite nice.
Regrettably, the Hibino cartridges had a round, aluminum body and this description does not match that of the OP.
What shows in front is ZEN. this is the link for the
Maybe Zen is the model; in the vinylengine's cartridge
database there is a Sato Musen brand that has a Zen
model, but there is no photo so can't tell for sure if
this is the one or not.
I ask this same question here in the past but couldn't
find the information that I was looking for.
Here are the translated specs:
Price \ 59,000
■ power generation method MC type
■ output voltage 0.2 mV (5 cm / sec 1 kHz)
■ needle pressure 1.7 g ~ 2.2 g
■ reproduction frequency band 20-20,000Hz
■ Channel separation 27 dB (1 kHz)
■ channel balance
■ compliance 8 × 10 -6 cm / dyne
■ load resistance 30 ohms
■ load capacity
■ internal impedance 30 ohms
■ needlepoint 0.6 mil
■ own weight 10g
■ exchange needle actual item exchange (\ 39,500)
■ released 1981
■ discontinued 1988-89 circa
■ remarks price 1981 those of circa
sapphire cantilever adoption.
Prof. Hiroaki Hibino, a long time user of Klipsch speakers,
was not satisfy with the dynamic performance of the regular
carts and designed his own. He demonstrated his cart to Paul
Klipsch who was so impressed that he ordered 4 (?)models
with different cantilevers to satisfy different subjective
preferences. Those are known(?) as 'Klipsch MCZ -' carts.
Later on Hibino produced 'the same' cart under his own brand
name 'Zenn MCZ'. If I remember well the cantilevers were:
aluminium, boron, sapphire and diamond. I own the Klipsch
MCZ-2 with aluminium cantilever.
wow !!! what a great job people, I really appreciate all information and "detective work" . I didn't try it yet, I have it for more than a year but never use it. Will see how it works in the near future. Looks like it is a rare finding.
If someone have more info please add it here, will be a good source for future fellow 'gners interested in this same cart.
According to the user manual provided by my MCZ-2
(aluminium cantilever) the specs are nearly identical.
The only difference is compliance depending from the
cantilever but not worth mentioning. The specs as
provided by comrade Mofimadness need some corrections:
Fr. range : 20Hz-45 KHz
Impedance : 2 Ohms
VTF : 1,8 +/- 0,3 g
Weight : 5,1 g