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What a great thread. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading this from the first to last page!

I'm a relative newcomer to high end analogue and admittedly a little on the novice side of cartridge/tonearm set-up. But, I'm motivated to learn the in's and out's.

I happened upon my first Koetsu (Rosewood Signature) some 2.5 years ago and have enjoyed it so much it has curious about others. Since then I have procured a Rosewood Signature Platinum and Onyx Platinum Diamond. All great in their own ways.

Now, my curiosity extends to the two in the Urushi camp (Wajima & Vermilion) and wonder if the Sugano era made units are different/better?
And which of the stone bodied carts would ultimately be 'my flavour'. After having read about the Coralstone, Blue Lace & Tiger Eye I really have no clue!
Can anyone help to shed some light here?

Thanks!
 
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What a great thread. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading this from the first to last page!

I'm a relative newcomer to high end analogue and admittedly a little on the novice side of cartridge/tonearm set-up. But, I'm motivated to learn the in's and out's.

I happened upon my first Koetsu (Rosewood Signature) some 2.5 years ago and have enjoyed it so much it has curious about others. Since then I have procured a Rosewood Signature Platinum and Onyx Platinum Diamond. All great in their own ways.

Now, my curiosity extends to the two in the Urushi camp (Wajima & Vermilion) and wonder if the Sugano era made units are different/better?
And which of the stone bodied carts would ultimately be 'my flavour'. After having read about the Coralstone, Blue Lace & Tiger Eye I really have no clue!
Can anyone help to shed some light here?

Thanks!
Welcome to the thread and glad you liked it here.

There are a few here who could shed more light on the differences of the 3 stone bodies you mentioned. I've heard them before, but in different systems so it's pretty hard to give a good assessment as to which is doing what, but certainly, you cannot go wrong with any one of them.
 

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I own a wajima, but going back to your earlier mention of Sugan-San, my late father had both the original rosewood and onyx long bodied versions (£500 and £800 respectively) which were the only 2 models available. Used on an oracle premier and sumiko “the arm” replaced with a triplanar 3. They were both far beyond the current state of the art at the time (not too much competition) but recall how musical the system was. Great memories.
 

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What a great thread. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading this from the first to last page!

I'm a relative newcomer to high end analogue and admittedly a little on the novice side of cartridge/tonearm set-up. But, I'm motivated to learn the in's and out's.

I happened upon my first Koetsu (Rosewood Signature) some 2.5 years ago and have enjoyed it so much it has curious about others. Since then I have procured a Rosewood Signature Platinum and Onyx Platinum Diamond. All great in their own ways.

Now, my curiosity extends to the two in the Urushi camp (Wajima & Vermilion) and wonder if the Sugano era made units are different/better?
And which of the stone bodied carts would ultimately be 'my flavour'. After having read about the Coralstone, Blue Lace & Tiger Eye I really have no clue!
Can anyone help to shed some light here?

Thanks!
I started with the Black and went with urushi Wajima last year. Recently broke the stylus off and rebuilt cartridge just returned so have some breakin time. My dealer, Audio-Element in Pasadena, CA told me to stick with the Wajima rather than replace the broken Wajima. His rationale was that the Wajima is excellent and going to stone body will give me a different, not necessarily better sq. I still eventually want to try stone body or maybe the rosewood signature platinum.
 
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His rationale was that the Wajima is excellent and going to stone body will give me a different, not necessarily better sq. I still eventually want to try stone body or maybe the rosewood signature platinum.
I have the exact sentiments as you. I have the Urushi Tsugaru, previously a Black and a Rosewood Signature, non platinum. Somewhere as I graze beyond the fields, I'd like a Jade. :)
 
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