HANA SL MC CARTRIDGE PRE OWNED
Unit is in good condition with box and no stylus guard.
"The Hana SL is a low output (.5mV/1kHz) moving coil cartridge—the most expensive of 4 in the Hana line. Yes you pay more and get less output! That is the way of the audiophile world, though it's also true of food: you pay more for salt and sugar free. So they take stuff out and you pay more. But I digress.
The Hana features a nude Shibata stylus fitted to an aluminum cantilever. Output balance is spec'd at < 1.5dB/1kHz, recommended VTF (vertical tracking force) is 2 grams, trackability is 70µm/2gr, channel separation is rated at 28dB/1kHz while frequency response is rated at 15Hz-32kHz. The internal impedance is rated at 30ohms/1kHz with suggested loading impedance of >400 ohms. The cartridge is on the light side at 5 grams.
Setting up the Hana SL was relatively easy, though because the body isn't tapped, nuts are required to secure it to the head shell. This is made somewhat easier than usual using the stylus guard as a "platform" for the nuts. I found close to accurate both the separation and channel balance specs (measured 25dB separation, with 1.5dB balance), with the azimuth angle just slightly askew from cantilever perpendicularity. 92 degree SRA, which is critical for the shibata stylus profile was achieved with the arm very close to parallel to the record surface. In other words, the build quality of this relatively inexpensive cartridge was as close to ideal as is humanly possible. The cartridge sailed through the Ortofon test record's trackability bands."