Another time I went visiting Japan as we felt there was something to happen in the Koetsu distribution. Both Dave Fletcher of Sumiko and I felt that things were not going as smooth as before. Deliveries were delayed while payments were made; cartridges sounded differently. We had to pick the best sounding ones and we were sending back the wrong ones. Sugano’s reaction was quite incoherent: we had to pay very high costs for repair while the cartridges were new! Also delays were getting huge. Situation became out of control.
One day, we did not receive our ordered and paid cartridges in time. Searching for info, I found out that instead of shipping to Holland, the cartridges were sent to Switzerland. Sugano’s excuse was that Switzerland did not belong to Europe! Well it was time to wake up and take action … To be continued.
One day I decided to go and visit Japan. I had several contacts there as we were importing records from JVC Victor, EMI-Toshiba, Eastwind, Japanese Philips and RVC/RCA. One contact was Seiko Tsunashima, a lady working for RVC/RCA. She spoke very good English as she worked before for Tower Records in USA. She “found” for me Mr. Yoshiaki Sugano, created the contact ánd was waiting on Narita Airport with Mr. Sugano for me. But while sitting there, and not having agreed about a sign how to recognise each other, we were sitting for some time almost next to each other until one of us got the idea to start asking “are you ….”. Yes, I am. In fact writing this story made me look on Facebook if there were any “Seiko Tsunashima’s” mentioned. And yes, even more than one :-). To be continued.
Durob Audio distributes different high end audio brands in the BeNeLux and in the past Durob Audio was also the European distributor for Koetsu cartridges. The Koetsu cartridges were manufactured by Sugano Yoshiaki. Dave Fletcher (from Sumiko and also designer of The Arm) handled Koetsu business in the US and Durob Audio in Europe; each of us getting around 30 cartridges per month, delivery strictly prepaid. Communication was quite difficult with hands and feet and a German dictionary since Sugano’s daughter only spoke a bit of German next to her native language. That created very funny and expensive situations while I was trying to talk to her over the phone in the middle of the night in German; the first 5 minutes were not much more than Hallo, Hallo, Hallo… until the operator, listening to us, interrupted us to say “this call is going to be damned expensive if you only say Hallo!”. To be continued.
What better way to start the week than finding out about an absolutely raving review about our latest product The Kiseki PurpleHeart NS cartridge.
PurpleHeart MC Phono Cartridge
as reviewed by Robert H. Levi
A legendary cartridge with a pedigree that spans three continents returns to the marketplace and to audiophiles everywhere, thanks to some fantastic entrepreneurs who believe in the LP! With the brilliant engineering efforts of Herman van den Dungen of PrimaLuna fame in the Netherlands, and the superb marketing and financial efforts of Kevin Deal of Upscale Audio in Upland, California, the Kiseki N.S. (which stands for “new stock”) has been renewed, improved, upgraded, and perfected.
For the full review we refer you to the webpage of Positive Feedback. Click here to read. We hope you enjoy as much as Robert Levi did!
The M2Tech Marley is a Class A headphone amplifier with the possibility to use 2 main phones simultaneously, which both possess an independent volume control. It is a nice sleek device with an honest, natural sound. According to the magazine Enjoy The Music: “Using a good set of headphones the resulting sound places the Marley in the company of high-end products that aspire to be the best available”.
Durob Audio is the distributor for M2Tech in the Benelux. For contact details visit www.durob.nl
More information about M2Tech you find on www.m2tech.biz
Micromega is a French top brand that for many years playing in the high-end audio market. The products are high quality and are very high quality finished. Durob Audio has some models in stock that we offer at a very competitive price. It concerns current models. The products are new in box. Are you interested in one of the following products? Please contact us today. Per model there are different colors (Black & Silver) in stock.
The following models we offer:
- Micromega CD-10 player 570,00 euro
- Micromega CD-20 player 870,00 euro
- Micromega CD-30 player 1100,00 euro
- Micromega IA-60 640,00 euro
- Micromega IA-100 858,00 euro
- Micromega IA-180 1150,00 euro
- Micromega IA-400 2395,00 euro
- Micromega SA-400 2800,00 euro
- Micromega PW-250 1072,00 euro
- Micromega PW-400 1450,00 euro
- Micromega PA-20 900,00 euro
- Micromega WM-10 707,00 euro