Sumiko Phono Cartridges is pleased to premiere Wellfleet, the newest addition to the Rainier collection. 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 Rainier 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
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!
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.
Mass & Dimension 6.5g, 17.2 x 18.8 x 29mm (WxHxD)
Stylus 0.3 x 0.7mil Nude Elliptical
Cantilever ⌀0.5mm Aluminum Pipe
Coils High-Purity Copper
Internal Impedance 1,130Ω
Load Impedance 47kΩ
Frequency Response 12Hz – 33kHz
Channel Separation 30dB @ 1kHz
Channel Balance 0.5dB @ 1kHz
Compliance 13×10-6cm/dyn @ 100Hz
Capacitance 100pF – 200pF
Vertical Tracking Angle 26°
Tracking Force Range 1.8g – 2.2g
Recommended Tracking Force 2.0g