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Very Rare Excel Cartridge

Postby Analogd » 12 Oct 2017 04:24

I recently bought a Thorens TD160 that came with a cartridge that I had never heard of before.
It is an Excel Pro 81 MC.
It came with a full test and spec sheet which indicates is a very low output MC with Shibata stylus and sapphire cantilever.
I would be interested to know of anybody's experience with this unusual cartridge.
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Re: Very Rare Excel Cartridge

Postby vanakaru » 12 Oct 2017 08:38

330EUR cartridge and needs SUT or phono-preamp with MC input.
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Re: Very Rare Excel Cartridge

Postby lynnot » 12 Oct 2017 19:49

Analogd wrote:I recently bought a Thorens TD160 that came with a cartridge that Excel Pro 81 MC. I would be interested to know of anybody's experience with this unusual cartridge.


Hi Graham,

this catridge was also sold under the name of "Mayware MC-7V" and I believe that the Audioquest brand sold something similar, named AQ-400E if I remember correctly.

The Excel is no good. Send it to me.

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Re: Very Rare Excel Cartridge

Postby Analogd » 12 Oct 2017 20:56

Thanks for the replys guys.
I am using it with a vintage Ortofon T10 SUT into my preamp and I'm quite impressed by the sound. I would still like to hear from anyone who has used one and their experience with this cartridge. I get the impression it was only available in Japan and parts of Europe.
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Re: Very Rare Excel Cartridge

Postby Analogd » 16 Oct 2017 03:29

So I presume from the lack of response, that like me, very few people have used or even heard of this Excel cartridge. :(
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Re: Very Rare Excel Cartridge

Postby vanakaru » 12 Nov 2017 09:59

I have Excel MC100 wich is a HOMC at 2.5mV. And it is nice :) I have not seen much about these carts on the net as well. Maybe you can write a review of a kind with pictures and such. These carts seem to be rather sweet sounding.
I found some talk here
http://theartofsound.net/forum/showthre ... dges/page3
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