I stock a selection of cartridges that offer good value for money and great performance. If you are looking for a cartridge there are a few technical considerations. The first is cartridge type. Most cartridges fall into two main categories – moving magnet (MM) and moving coil (MC). Moving magnet cartridges are usually cheaper and have a replaceable stylus. Technically moving magnet cartridges also have a high output. Most amplifiers that have a phono input are ready to accept a moving magnet cartridge. Moving coil cartridges are usually more pricey and do not have a replaceable stylus. Many turntable fans are willing to forgo the convenience of a replaceable stylus due to the extra refinement that a moving coil cartridge can offer. If you do want purchase a moving coil cartridge then you need to make sure you phono input is compatible. Some moving coil cartridges have a ‘high output’ and can therefore be uses with a standard moving magnet type phono stage.

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Sumiko Pearl Moving Magnet Cartridge

Price: R1800.00

Sumiko Pearl
Sumiko Pearl
The Pearl provides the best qualities that moving magnet cartridges have to offer; low noise, wide dynamics and exceptional trackability. Its elliptical stylus and sophisticated generator allows the Pearl to retrieve more information from your recordings while reducing wear on the groove walls. The Pearl’s frequency response is smooth and extended with exceptional channel separation across the frequency spectrum.

  • Type: Moving Magnet
  • Frequency Response: 12Hz – 30kHz
  • Output Voltage: 4.0 mV
  • Load Impedance: 47k ohms
  • Channel Seperation: 30dB at 1kHz
  • Channel Balance: 0.5 at 1kHz
  • Stylus Type: Elliptical
  • Compliance: 15 x 10-6 cm/dyne
  • Tracking Force Range: 1.5 – 2.0 grams
  • Recommended Force: 2.0 grams
  • Cartridge Weight: 6 grams

Hana Cartridges


Hana is Japanese for “brilliant and gorgeous”. For many years Hana has made cartridges for a wide variety of different brands (OEM). Hana cartridges are noted for creating MC cartridges that represent sound and value. Hana cartridges are also known for their wide compatibility with different phono stage pairings.

Hana EL and EH moving coil cartridges represent the best way to upgrade from “starter” cartridges that typically come packaged with turntables. Weighing in at only 5 grams, and possessing great tracking ability, the Hana EL and EH cartridges feature a distinctive moss green body which houses a sophisticated generator with an aluminium cantilever, and synthetic elliptical stylus. “Both these moving coil cartridges bring genuine advantages to any listening session at a low, low price. Terrific value for money.” — Paul Rigby, HiFi World (UK)

Hana EH High Output Moving Coil Cartridge

Price: R4500.00

Hana EH Cartridge
Hana EH Cartridge

  • Stylus: Elliptical
  • Cantilever: Aluminum
  • Output: 2mV
  • Output Balance: 2dB
  • Tracking Force: 2g
  • Channel Separation: 22dB/1kHz
  • Frequency Response: 15-25,000Hz
  • Impedance: 130ohms/1kHz
  • Suggested Load: 47k
  • Weight: 5g
  • Color: Green

Hana EL Low Output Moving Coil Cartridge

Price: R4500.00

Hana EL Cartridge
Hana EL Cartridge

Technical (EL):*

  • Output: .5mV
  • Impedance: 30ohms/1kHz
  • Suggested Load: >400ohms

*The EH and EL are identical except for their output. The EH can plug directly into a MM phono stage whereas the EL needs a dedicated high-gain MC capable phono stage.


Shibata High(SH) and Low(SL)


The Hana SL and SH models are distinguished by their dark green body and Shibata cut stylus. The ‘S’ range provides tighter channel balance, greater channel separation, and improved high-frequency extension compared to their cheaper EH and EL counterparts. The Shibata stylus is also a nude mount versus the ‘E’ series bonded elliptical styli.

Hana SH High Output Moving Coil Cartridge

Price: R8000.00

Hana SH Cartridge
Hana SH Cartridge

Technical (SH):

  • Stylus: Nude Shibata
  • Cantilever: Aluminum
  • Output: 2mV
  • Output Balance: <1.5dB1KH
  • Tracking Force: 2g
  • Channel Separation: 25dB/1kHz
  • Frequency Response: 15-32,000Hz
  • Impedance: 130ohms/1kHz
  • Suggested Load: 47k
  • Weight: 5g
  • Color: Dark Green

Hana SL Low Output Moving Coil Cartridge

Price: R8000.00

Hana SL Cartridge
Hana SL Cartridge

Technical (SL):*

  • Output: .5mV
  • Impedance: 30ohms/1kHz
  • Suggested Load: >400ohms

*The SH and SL are identical except for their output. The SH can plug directly into a MM phono stage whereas the SL needs a dedicated high-gain MC capable phono stage.