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The Bordeaux uses the stylus with the contact surface of 80μm「Super micro line diamond chip, which accurately traces the ultra-precise groove. This special stylus is aimed to play the sound recorded on the record in its true colors.

The sapphire pipe material has been chosen for the cantilever. By using sapphire which carries superb sound transmission character and hardness, the Bordeaux achieved vibration transmittance in high speed without creating any distortions. Not only for the cantilever, but the Bordeaux also introduced sapphire material at the base section.The base section which comes in contact with the headshell uses 2.5mm thickness pure sapphire plate. Because of this, the vibration transmission mechanism is completed in one body so that the cartridge could thoroughly eliminate the loss of signal.

The magnetic circuit is combined with the electromagnetic soft iron and samarium cobalt magnet allowing magnetic performance consistent to the vibration of the coils to secure overall balance and thickness to the sound.The terminal pin has been plated with gold plating to increase the contact between the terminals.

The housing of the Bordeaux has been handcrafted and applied with Japanese traditional urushi craft on the Extra-super duralumin (AL7505). The urushi coating of each Bordeaux body goes through various complex processes, handmade by the craftsmen of the long established Urushi Sakamoto Company, in order to gain rigidity and the beautiful texture layering of the Bordeaux color. The details of this urushi are fascinating and could be observed on the first look of the Bordeaux cartridge.

The masterly shine and texture is truly a miniature work of art.

Etsuro Urushi Bordeaux MC Cartridge

  • Type

    Moving coil

    Frequency response


    Output voltage


    Output balance


    Channel separation


    Tracking weight






    Stylus shape

    80μm microline diamond


    0.4φsapphire pipe

    Cartridge base

    2.5mm Sapphire Plate

    Cartridge housing

    Extra super duralumin(A7075)

    Housing processing

    Special Grade Urushi Handmade

    Terminal pin

    Gold plated

    Cartridge weight

    9.0 grams


    Warranty card, Instruction manual (Dimensions, specifications), Stylus brush, 2 mounting screws

    Box Material

    Paulownia aulownia

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