Anyone Know Anything About This Cart?

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  1. Hitachiht550

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    Lo-D (Hitachi) MT-202mkII

    Here is a pic
    mt-202mkii.JPG mt-202mkii.JPG


    Here is a link
    for some reason I cannot post a link...

    Anyway I do not think this is Audio Technica like some of the other Hitachi stuff.

    Thanks for the help
     

     

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  2. 62vauxhall

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    From the VE database but no idea where it actually originated.


    Lo-D
    MT-202 mkII

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    rate/review

    1979

    Type
    moving magnet Output Voltage
    mV Frequency Response
    10Hz - 35kHz Tracking Force
    0.5 - 1.5g Mass
    7g
    Channel Separation
    30dB Channel Balance
    1dB Load Impedance
    47k ohms Output Impedance
    550 ohms
    Stylus
    E-202II Stylus Tip
    elliptical 0.3 x 0.7mil Cantilever
    Dynamic Compliance

    x 10-6cm/Dyne Static Compliance
     
  3. wualta

    wualta < Spike Milligan, 1961

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    I don't know much, but here's what I have.
    Lo-D was, as far as I know, Hitachi's high-end sub-brand for the Japanese domestic market.
    Here's the MT-202 Mk II's description from one of those Japanese archive sites:
    description Capture.JPG

    and here are the specs:
    specs Capture.JPG

    Visually close relatives: MT-100 and MT-101. There's also an MT-202E, which the description mentions, though it has a much older look than the other three.
     
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  4. Hitachiht550

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    Yeah, I found spec and such but not if it was manufactured by someone else for Hitachi. It seems that it is possible that GLANZ or Acutex also made carts for Hitachi. Think it is one of those?
     
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  5. wualta

    wualta < Spike Milligan, 1961

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    Acutex was basically a marketing scheme for distributing Azden/Piezo cartridges in the US, and this doesn't look like A/P construction. It does look like (what little we can see in the typically poor photos) Glanz style. We'd want to look for a tiny setscrew in the round shank/insertion tube/thingy, as we see in some Pioneers and JVCs and Denons.
    There's some resemblance to the Glanz MG-2S.
    Interesting question, and it would be nice to nail down the identity of the OEMs behind so many Japanese brands.
     
  6. needlestein

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    I'm thinking that it looks a lot like Sumiko Pearl common ancestor or maybe Osawa. It just has that look.
     

     

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  7. boreas

    boreas "If it sounds good, it IS good." E.K.E. Subscriber

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    Sumikos and Osawas with an insertion tube for the stylus have diamond-shaped insertion tubes. Glanz used both round and diamond shaped tubes but I can't identify that Lo-D
     
  8. Hitachiht550

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    When I first looked at it I thought it resembled a Garrott P-77
     
  9. needlestein

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    Also in the Sumiko/Osawa club. I’ve read that some believe that the Sumiko Pearl is the same body as the Grace F-9 even, though I’m not sure I’m onboard with that.
     
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