The Cartridge Man Music Maker MKIII Phono Cartridge

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The Cartridge Man MusicMaker MK III Phono Cartridge.

The 'MusicMaker' Phono Cartridge is a high-performance variable reluctance device, employing a proprietory extended contact diamond stylus.


Output voltage: 4mV
Frequency response: 10Hz - 50KHz
Stereo separation:>25dB across 10Hz to 30KHz range
Loading requirement: 47K Ohm (standard moving magnet)
Cartridge weight: 6.2g
Stylus type: proprietory extended contact area diamond
Tracking force: 1.58g +/- 0.05g (critical)
Arm requirement: medium to low mass (13g or less)
Bias (anti-skate) requirements: minimal

Review Extracts

" ... the extreme harmonics of the treble were brought out with a crispness that came as a shock next to the harshness of many other cartridges. Record after record succumbed to the treatment of the aptly named 'MusicMaker'.

It was easy to subconsciously compare the unit's performance favourably with (MC) cartridges selling at far higher cost ...

Many MCs do not manage anything like the MusicMaker's (Mk II) 30Cu figure nor do they give anything like its 4mV @ 5Cm/S.

It has a sheer listenablity that few competitors combine in the same small body, and that sounds like a bargain at any price."
World Verdict ****
Richard White, HiFi World, 2/99, P53

"... in fact, on all grounds the Mk III is a better cartridge than the Mk II. In particular, we gain greater clarity, lower noise floor level, faster dynamics and a better sense of space. It is really an excellent cartridge"
E. Barker, TNT AUDIO 8/04

"The first thing you notice is the solidity and presence it has compared to almost all MC cartridges. There's a sense of unstoppable momentum to music...

For anyone using a valve pre-amp like a Conrad-Johnson or early ARC, this cartridge is manna from heaven.
Being used to hearing vastly expensive MCs in a system tailored to their balance, the MusicMaker never left me feeling short-changed. ... never was a product so aptly named; never was an alternative so welcome."
Roy Gregory, Hi-Fi+, 5/00, P52-53

" Good price, high output and a winning musicality make this moving iron cartridge the one to beat."
Hi-Fi World buying guide

' ... the MusicMaker will, in its latest guise, stands toe-to-toe with coils at anything up to three times its price.'
Roy Gregory, Hi-Fi+, 7/01, P98-99

" The MusicMaker (Mk II) is an extremely interesting product; it links the best of both (MM and MC) worlds together; it is clean, accurate and detailed like a good MC while it has the warmth and the "weight" of the best MM's.
In the end, the quality/price ratio of this cartridge is simply excellent. Only real Music Lovers apply."
Lucio Cadeddu, TNT AUDIO

"This £500 (MusicMaker Mk II) cartridge, when fitted to the Recovery/RB900, beats the more expensive Orbe/SME/Dynavector DRT-1 (£2500, MC) combination ..."
Geoff Husband, TNT AUDIO

The Cartridge Man at a glance.

The Cartridge Man has been involved with all aspects of analogue reproduction for over 30 years - from record production to the manufacture of high quality phono cartridges.

Central to our operating philosophy is that of offering high performance - both measured and audible, but always with a view to giving value for money.

All Cartridge Man products are designed and manufactured by ourselves. You can therefore be sure that we have an in-depth knowledge of our products and are not merely resellers or concerned with 'badge engineering'.

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La Music Maker è stato il primo fonorivelatore installato (da Gerardo Ventura in persona: a lui rinnovo la mia stima e la mia amicizia) a bordo del mio giradischi Palmer 2.5, accoppiato a un braccio Audio Origami PU7 (invito a leggere le note di ascolto che ho redatto per questo sito). Al di là degli aspetti tecnici che la rendono interessante, e che avevo avuto modo di discutere a lungo col patron di Playstereo, la ferro-mobile inglese si è rivelata ben presto un oggetto di gran pregio, capace di esprimersi a livelli inaspettati.
Complice anche la evidente sinergia con le altre componenti del sistema, infatti, la Music Maker non ha tardato a manifestare l‘eccellente equilibrio fra le caratteristiche di concretezza e calore tipiche delle migliori MM e quelle di precisione e attenzione per il dettaglio comunemente associate alle MC. Se l’efficacia della sinergia complessiva nell’accoppiamento fra i componenti è merito, anche in questo caso, dell’esperienza e della competenza di Playstereo, l’abilità nel condurre l’ascoltatore tanto nel cuore atmosferico di una voce solista quanto al cospetto di una grande orchestra sinfonica è da attribuire in primo luogo al fonorivelatore. La Music Maker avvolge con uno spettacolo a tutto tondo chiunque vi presti attenzione, grazie a una rappresentazione corposa dell’evento sonoro, con una certa predilezione forse per la definizione delle frequenze mediobasse, ma senza appannare il cristallo delle frequenze più acute: un’esperienza sempre “comunicativa”, sia quando in gioco c’è l’intimità di un pianissimo, sia quando si tratta di lasciar sgroppare un crescendo. Proprio le risorse dinamiche a disposizione della Music Maker, la credibilità del fraseggio e le proporzioni della scena sonora sono gli aspetti che più mi legano ad essa: infatti, anche ora che ho installato una MC, non ho affatto inteso sostituirla dato che si tratta di un fonorivelatore assolutamente completo, di innegabile talento, che a mio parere può tranquillamente figurare in impianti di elevato livello.

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