Born in Japan in 1907, Yoshiaki Sugano enjoyed a career as a professional boxer, a valve amplifier builder and an automotive executive. He also studied metallurgy in order to repair broken traditional Japanese swords. After he retired in 1967, his love of western classical music led him on a journey to improve the musicality of common phono cartridges. Through his experimentation he pioneered the use of high purity materials such as 6N copper and rare platinum iron magnets.

The name ‘Koetsu’ was chosen for Sugano’s range of cartridges in honour of his hero Honami Koetsu, a renaissance Japanese sword maker and artist. For more than thirty-years, Koetsu has masterfully blended the highest purity technical materials with ones of natural beauty to create the most sought-after cartridges in the world. Sugano-San’s legacy is carried on by his son Fumihiko who apprenticed under his father to become a master cartridge maker. Every Koetsu cartridge is hand made in Japan and voiced by Fumihiko, who listens to each piece then tweaks it to his satisfaction before he considers it finished & ready to be delivered to the customer. Koetsu cartridges are inherently limited in nature.

Manufacturer's Website: www.koetsuaudio.com

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