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The HANA-Umami Red high-end moving coil cartridge combines brilliant materials and classic Japanese techniques with modern audio engineering. All the major parts in a HANA-Umami Red are manufactured in house by Excel Sound with its rich history spanning more than 50 years. Excel’ s highly trained craftsmen skillfully hand assemble the HANA-Umami Red ensuring an intensely musical experience furthering the HANA “Brilliant and Gorgeous” sound quality. ●AuricleTM Cartridge body The Umami Red body is machined from A7075 aluminum alloy with exclusive AuricleTM body design, Ebony Wood inlay, and tapped mounting holes. ●Urushi Lacquer The multi-layered Urushi lacquer finish originates from the famous Japanese Makie-artistic tradition, adding to the rich sound and optics. ●Microline stylus The ‘nude’ natural diamond stylus design is cut and polished to mimic the cutting head stylus used to Master or “cut” all vinyl records. ●Boron cantilever Boron, with a hardness comparable to diamond, was selected for the Umami Red to rigidly hold the Microline stylus. ●Moving coil generator The rare earth samarium/cobalt magnet with pure copper wires, expertly hand-wound onto the square plate Permalloy armature. ●Cryogenic processing This ‘cold annealing’ process at near absolute zero temperature is used to treat many of the components in the generator and the signal output pins.