Wellfleet

From £479.95
  • Moving magnet cartridge with nude elliptical stylus
  • Smooth, natural sound reproduction
  • Cartridge body designed for dispersal of resonances
  • Replacement Stylus and Stylus Guard Available

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Our preferred option is for you to visit a nearby store and buy what you need locally. Our authorised stockists are some of the finest specialist hi-fi retailers in the country, and they're equipped to give you the best after-sales and set-up advice possible - all in person. To find your local retailer, either click the 'Buy In-Store' button on your product page for exactly the right recommendation, or head to our comprehensive Where To Buy tool.

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Oyster Series

The Oyster Series' premium Moving Magnet cartridge range features models with a matching aesthetic, all named after a different type of Oyster.

The brand has applied and upgraded its award-winning design of the Moonstone cartridge, retuning the suspension for optimal performance of a nude elliptical diamond with the existing generator and resonance-optimized housing found in the rest of the Premium MM series.

Wellfleet utilizes a highly polished nude elliptical stylus, eliminating the bonding between the stylus tip and shank. With the new assembly, excessive mass in the shank is cut away to further reduce tip mass, resulting in a faster, more direct, and more accurate response of the stylus’ movement by the cantilever and magnet. Sonically, this increases speed and focuses central images, pulling them toward the listener with a heightened sense for detail.

With the Wellfleet, vocals are immediate, clear, and detailed, the warmth of human vocal work becomes more apparent with hints of rasp and emphasized subtleties, boosted by tight and well controlled bass. Backing vocals become easier to discern, and the listener is able to identify distinct instrumentation such as the rattle of snare wires, or the woody twang of a vintage acoustic guitars. Listeners will hear an improvement in surface noise and sense a more distanced backdrop, facilitating a deeply suspended image.

Flexibility remains paramount in the brand’s offerings. 5 stylus variations capable of utilizing this generator are currently available . Premium MM owners can upgrade to Rainier, Olympia, Moonstone and now Wellfleet with a simple stylus swap (and let’s not forget RS 78!).

Our Latest Oysters

Designed for discerning, value-minded audiophiles, Rainier, Olympia, Moonstone & Wellfleet supplement & complement our existing range of Oysters. They build upon, enhance & refine the sonic character that listeners worldwide have enjoyed for decades. New innovation in cartridge design addresses the problem of resonance — the things that need to happen around a generator to voice a cartridge with honesty. The housing thusly disperses & dissipates resonance, making way for effortless, transparent sonics that are enlivened with intimate nuance.

The voicing is true to natural harmonics, space around voices & instruments as well as their attack & decay. Unique to these 4 Oysters (not to mention Amethyst), experience a diminutive backdrop that bolsters sonic images with a degree of aptitude reminiscent of moving coil designs.

Hand-Crafted in Japan

From Oyster to Reference, each Sumiko phono cartridge is crafted by hand in Yokohama, Japan — near the waters where our namesake Oysters dwell. We’ve selected by ear the finest materials that combine to deliver performance that has enlightened generations of listeners. Each design is thoroughly auditioned until perfected. Production is then executed by world-class cartridge makers with a collective eye for precision & quality. The result is a full horizon of cartridges eager to introduce themselves to your analog system — we firmly believe there’s a perfect cartridge for you here.

Rainier, Olympia, Moonstone & Wellfleet replacement styli are interchangeable. We encourage you to follow the upgrade path to experience the best of what this design has to offer!
 

Key Features:

  • Moving Magnet
  • Nude Elliptical stylus
  • Smooth, natural sound reproduction
  • Low-resonance body and generator system
  • High-purity copper coils
  • Overhead mounting design
  • High output for easy matching to a phono stage
  • Easy to set-up and install
  • RS Rainier, Olympia and Moonstone replacement stylus available

Technical Data

Mass: 6.5g
Dimensions: 17.2 x 18.8 x 29 (WxHxD)
Stylus: 0.3 x 0.7mil Nude Elliptical
Cantilever: ⌀0.5mm Aluminium Pipe
Coils: High-Purity Copper
Internal Impedance: 1,130Ω/td>
Load Impedance: 47kΩ
Frequency Response: 12Hz - 33kHz
Output: 3.0mV
Channel Separation: 30dB @ 1kHz
Channel Balance: 0.5dB @ 1kHz
Capacitance: 100pF - 200pF
Vertical Tracking Angle 26°
Tracking Force Range: 1.8g - 2.2g
Recommended Tracking Force: 2.0g
Replacement Stylus Unit: RS Rainier, Olympia, Moonstone, Wellfleet or RS 78

FAQ

How do I install my cartridge?

Cartridge installation takes time and requires a level of understanding for the turntable/tonearm you are fiiting to. We've created a comprehensive guide, available here, which will help you through each step of the procedure.

However, if at any time you feel uncomfortable with the task at hand, be sure to contact us or your local retailer for assistance.

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