Hana Cartridge from Japan has arrived @ Audio Basic.
Introducing a new line from Japan, 華 (or hana, which means “brilliant and gorgeous” in the original Japanese). HANA Phono Cartridges use high rigidity aluminum cantilevers, and cross-shaped armatures, providing you with brilliant and gorgeous sound. Hana “SH” and “SL” use nude natural diamond Shibata-stylus, capable of excellent high frequency response, giving you supreme transparency and excellent trackability. Hana cartridges are produced by Excel Sound Corporation of Tokyo Japan, a long time OEM cartridge producer for 40 years.
Our first impression on Hana Cartridge is very musical, great vocal, good dynamic range and quiet.
HiFi World issue Feb 2016 has reviewed on Hana EL and EH.
Quoted from the review HANA EL is being rated as 5 Stars :-
OUTSTANDING- amongst the best.
VALUE - keenly priced.
VERDICT- A wholly tolerant cartridge that is smooth and engaging
FOR - musical engagement, romantic mids, bass, value for monty
AGAINST - nothing at the price
EH and SH is 2mV output which could connected directly to MM phone stage. SH and SL is 0.5mV Output which is easily to drive.
EH and EL model is $500 each.
SH and SL model is $900 each.