Custom as Standard...
We have struggled for many years to find cartridge tags that offered both great performance and reliability. Having tried every possible offering available today from other manufacturers, we decided - as we usually do! - that the only sensible course of action was to design and specify our own. After many months of trial and testing, we finally came up with a cartridge tag that met the high standards we required, and after investing over $8,000.00 for proper tooling to ensure future quality and long term repeat-ability, here are the results; the Audio Note (UK) solid silver cartridge tags.
Unlike the majority of cartridge tags available from other manufacturers, these are not simply re-purposed industrial connectors with an extra flash plating of gold or silver. These are made from SOLID SILVER (not plated brass or copper as is usually the case) and are specifically designed to fit the pins of our IO cartridges precisely, offering the best possible connection between cartridge and tonearm cabling. Thanks to the design of the pin connection area, they can also be adjusted to fit a range of other cartridge pin sizes, reducing the often seen problem of the cartridge pin and tag not achieving a solid or reliable connection.
They also have a good sized cable connection area at the rear, with a scooped out middle section to aid fast and reliable soldering. This rear section can also be 'clamped' around the tonearm cable / solder joint if required, without altering the size or shape of the pin connection area.
As the connection surfaces of the tags are silver, we recommend using our own Audio Note (UK) Silver Solder for installation; there really is no better choice.