All top end cartridges from all manufacturers are hand made. The real issue is that when you are manufacturing something so tiny, that has to perform so well, that all of them are NOT the same. If you dont see this statement from other manufacturers, then this is a "secret" they dont want to share, and quite understandably so.
Soundsmith carefully hand builds each and every cartridge, tests them, and keeps accurate records by serial number of their performance. Those that meet or exceed specifications are sold. But, there are always a few that measure much better than the other "great" ones... and Soundsmith selects these to be mounted in Ebony bodies, available to you as "selected" units.
Soundsmith cartridges overturn the myth that moving coil cartridges are the only path towards perfection. After all, what is the accepted advantage of moving coil cartridges? Low effective moving mass, right? Well, Soundsmith has less. Much less. And if you understand EFFECTIVE moving mass, Less IS more. Why is that good? Because when you lower the moving system mass, its easier to control. If its easier to control, the stylus can stay in better contact with the groove walls. Thats good, because if you cant stay in contact with the groove walls, you cant hear whats on the record.
Is a high gain moving coil preamp required? No. Boheme is designed to be used with a Moving Magnet preamp. No "step-up" transformers. No finicky multi-stage ultra high gain preamp required. Less is more here, too.
Once youve heard your new Boheme cartridge, youll never go back.
An Unparalleled Warranty:
The Boheme Cartridge is covered for a full one year. Retip is 20% of the retail ($250). An absolutely unheard of warranty for cartridges. Made in the USA, the Soundsmith cartridges are the best long term values around!
Stylus: Contact Line Nude, 0.120mm SQ
Radius of curvature: Contact Line
Recommended Tracking Force: 13mN / 1.3 gm
Tip Mass: 0.32 mg
Compliance: 22 um/mN
Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz +/- 2.5 dB
Channel Separation: 1000 Hz Greater Than 28 dB, 50-15,000 Hz Greater Than 20 dB Channel difference: Less Than 1.4 dB
Output voltage: Greater Than 0.6 mV/cm/sec.
5 cm/sec. Lat. RMS: Greater Than 2.12 mV
Cartridge weight: 6.8 grams
Load: Resistance >/= 47 kohms, Capacitance: 100 - 200 pF
1 Year Warranty