Miyajima Labs Madake Stereo Cartridge. Extremely Unique

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Miyajima Madake Stereo Cartridge.  Extremely Unique Quailities 

Now at True Audiophile

The Madake is rich sounding like the Shilabe yet bigger and weightier although not as extended as Saboten L -- TA Mini Review

Stereophile: Like the Miyajima Madake moving-coil cartridge (see elsewhere in this edition of "Recommended Components") "the Madake Snakewood has a cantilever made in part from a strain of bamboo that grows only in the mountains surrounding Kyoto, Japan

Stereophile : Recommended components 

High Fidelity PL: "The best cartridge so far from this legendary brand. It offers everything that Shilabe and Kansui do and than some more. It is perfect." Read the full review HERE.


Miyajima uses a Japanese bamboo (Madake) for a this cartridge.

Mr.Thomas Edison used this same special madake attached to the filament of the historic electric bulb.

This special madake is only produced on the mountain of Kyoto, Japan.

Mr.Thomas Edison found this to be the highest quality madake from 1,200 kinds of bamboo around the entire world.

This Madake is a firm bamboo which grows in the rich Japanese soil with a high iron content.

Because Miyajima was looking for the firm cantilever which was not metal, Madake met all the condition.

Miyajima negotiated to obtain a special Madake in Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Shrine of the mountain of Kyoto.

Because Miyajima respects Mr. Edison the inventor, "Edison" is included in the name of the Miyajima Japanese audio shop.

In a way, Miyajima feels Mr. Edison handed over some madake to us knowing how exceptional it is.

Madake possesses ideal materials for special sound quality.

Madake is rare bamboo now. It is no longer sold.

Please do not make inquiries about Madake purchases from the Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu.

There is Edison monument in Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Shrine.

Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Shrine is one of Japan's three biggest Hachiman-gu Shrine.

The follows are websites of Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Shrine. (Japanese website)




About the special cantilever for the Madake and Saboten

Miyajima has a reason to cover a special cantilever with an aluminum cantilever.
The ideal is to bring the tip of the stylus closer on the extension of the center of the unique cantilever.
Vibration is transferred  to its special cantilever from a stylus.

 Direct link to next in the Miyajima line of phono cartridges





 Maker  Miyajima-Laboratory
 Product name  Stereo cartridge -Madake-
 Impedance  About 16 ohms (About 0.23mV output)
 Frequency range (-3dB)   20 Hz to 32 kHz
 Tracking force  2.5 g
 Stylus Shape  nude Shibata diamond stylus
 Compliance (10Hz)   around 9×10-6cm/dyne
 Appropriate temperature  20-30 Celsius (most suitable 25 C)
68-86 Fahrenheit (most suitable 77 F)
 Weight  about 9.7g
 Size  W 18.8mm × D 21.9mm (excluding terminals)
 Body  African Blackwood















Miyajima Labs Madake Stereo Cartridge. Now at True Audiophile

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