Some time ago, and by that I mean 2010-12011 (!!! how time flies) we could come up with 100 Kiseki Blue N.O.S. phono cartridges. For full explanation about Kiseki and about N.O.S. go to www.kiseki-eu.com. This Kiseki Blue N.O.S. cartridge was received with a lot of enthusiasm, but due to the number available, only by a limited number of people. The cartridge is owned by Ken Kessler, Dan D’Agostino, Rob Wilms and a small number of clients from a small number of distributors. It’s simple, what is not available in quantities, cannot be sold in quantities.
While this Kiseki Blue N.O.S. phono cartridge was recognized and praised as being a better cartridge than the original Kiseki Blue from the 1980’s, we wanted to follow up with an even better cartridge, the Kiseki Blue N.S. On the Kiseki website you can read N.S. stands for New Style. And finally, yes finally, we can let you know that the Kiseki Blue N.S. is on its way ánd … according to a number of experienced people who have listened to it, it is again one step up in quality compared to the Kiseki Blue N.O.S. Something we were hoping for of course, but still it was a kind of dream that had to come true.
In August – September we will be able to supply again Kiseki cartridges and if nothing goes wrong, every month a new quantity to distribute worldwide. Most of 2013 production is already gone, but … I have good hope that an idea I came up with can speed up production a bit. During 2014 we hope to be able to bring a steady flow of Kiseki cartridges, PurpleHeart N.S. and Agaat N.S. included.
These are the specifications of the Kiseki Blue N.S. and I realize these won’t tell you anything about the sonic qualities, but still …
MC Kiseki Blue N.S. – SPECIFICATIONS
Body: Aluminum alloy, 25mm long
Cantilever: Solid Boron Rod: 0.28 mm diameter
Stylus: 0,12 x 0,12 Nude line-contact diamond, mirror polished
Stylus tip radius: 5 x 120 µm
Vertical Tracking Angle (VTA): 20 degrees
Coil: pure iron coil
Weight: 10 grams
Output voltage: 0.44 mV at 5 cm/sec
Internal impedance: 40 ohms
Frequency response: 20 – 25.000 Hz ± 1 dB
Channel balance: 0.4 dB
Channel Separation: 35 dB at 1 kHz
Tracking ability at 315 Hz at a tracking force of 2.4 grams: 80 µm
Dynamic Compliance: 16 µm/mN
Recommended loading: 400 ohms
Recommend tracking force: 1.8 – 2.6 grams
Optimum tracking force: 2.4 grams
Recommended tone arm mass: Medium
Optimum working temperature: 20 °C
Good to hear that there is news over the Kiseki cartridges. I’m one of the lucky owners of the Kiseki Blue NOS but still interested in the Blue NS. Available in no. 69?
Do you really have serialnumber 69? That one just did not make it on the picture above. The deliveries for August and December are completely sold out, but I have a few pieces left for September and the serialnumber 69 falls into that month … :-). Nice to have both to check the prototype Kiseki MC phono stage you have at home …
I’ll think that this could be a perfect combination.