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    Koetsu

    I thought of starting a new thread, and it's all about Koetsu products, its name, almost synonymous with mystique and magic; for many years prior to owning one, it was like an elusive dream. Then a Black fell into my lap and me, I fell for it, and even took the country dealership of it in the mid 2000s.

    Here is a picture of the late grand old man who started Koetsu - Yoshiaki Sugano

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    And this is one of my favorite reads, of Stig Bjorg of Lyra - Remembering Yoshiaki Sugano

    https://www.stereophile.com/news/11249/index.html

    One of the earliest Urushi model:

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    An early 'Long Body' Onyx:

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    Old Urushi MKII Boxes, with the model name still indicated:

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    An early 'Long Body' Rosewood:

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    "Long Body' Rosewood (owned by a friend):

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    Old LB Rosewood with metal protector:
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    My first Koetsu - Black with the markings 'Musashino Audio'

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    Thanks for the cool vintage Koetsu pics Phil.
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    My Koetsu rosewood in 1985 on Zeta arm and Goldmund Studio

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    Here's my Musashino Labs labeled Onyx Signature (short body), probably minted in the late 80's or early 90s? I acquired it 7 years ago from the original owner's son. The story is that he went to Japan and came back with a $5K phono cartridge; everyone in his family thought he was absolutely nuts!

    This cart was all original, never re-tipped, and still made absolutely beautiful music on outer & middle grooves -- though much of the stylus shank was now permanently encrusted with dirt, and the tip was audibly worn (affecting playback of inner grooves). This is the cart that sold me on Koetsu, though I immediately acquired a new Platinum model because of the worn tip. I finally had this one rebuilt by Koetsu this summer, retaining the original alnico magnets rather that upgrading it to platinum, and have it spinning again! Very nice cartridge!!

    I got the original Koetsu headshell with it too. And it has a particularly lovely Onyx grain on that one side!


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    ^^^ Very cool !
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    Quote Originally Posted by gian60 View Post
    My Koetsu rosewood in 1985 on Zeta arm and Goldmund Studio

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    I had the same Koetsu and Zeta a few years later - but the turntable was a Pink Triangle Too.
    Under construction around the DCS Vivaldi 2.0 stack and a pair of Wilson XLF's : Forsell Air Force One, ARC Phono 2SE, cj GAT + Lamm M1.2 ref, TA OPUS MM2 +TA XL digital, TA XL gen V power cables and CenterStage footers ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockitman View Post
    Thanks for the cool vintage Koetsu pics Phil.
    My pleasure, Christian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gian60 View Post
    My Koetsu rosewood in 1985 on Zeta arm and Goldmund Studio

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    Nice, Gian.
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