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For years we (I) have been under the impression that the Andante 'E' cartridge is a derivative of the Grace F9, being Grace's attempt to enter the North American market under a different brand name. Here is a pic of the Andante 'E': It doesn't really resemble the F9 but I suppose it doesn't have to if the innards are the same. Now here is a pic of the Shelter 201 MM cartridge: Tell me these two carts are not identical...... I am now confused. Some have said over the years that the Andante was made by Sumiko but they were just the Nth American distributor for this 'rebadged' F9>>Andante 'E'. Have Sumiko and Shelter or Grace and Shelter (I doubt it) ever had a relationship? Because that Shelter 201 body is identical to the Andante 'E'..... I know it is hard to find definitive info on Grace and even harder on Andante but there appears to be some connection between Grace/Andante and Shelter judging by that shared cartridge body design. Adding to this confusion, Shelter started in 1986, a few years after the the Andante 'E' finished (and after the F9 was replaced by the F14) but before Grace finished up in the early 90's. Maybe it is just a shared body design that Shelter gained and used after the finish of the Andante 'E'. I know this is probably clutching at straws but can anyone enlighten me on this situation? I'm not holding my breath!😄
Item: Shelter 411 Type II MC Step-Up Transformer Location: Sydney West 2190 Price: $795 (Retail over $2k) Item Condition: Very good Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal (+3%), COD Only Extra Info: Up for sale is a great SUT for low output MC cartridge, works flawlessly, from a smoke & pets free home. comes with original box, blank warranty card, local pick up welcome, can be post AU wide for $15. http://www.krispyaudio.com.au/products/Shelter-411-Type-II-MC-Step%2dUp-Transformer.html Product Description The Shelter 411 MKII is stereo MC transformer to match with MC cartridges with internal impedance (DCR) of less than 15 ohm. The impedance tolerance is 25 ohms. The transformer is a toroidal design that applies the toroidal winding to 0.05mm thickness of supermalloy, layered ring-core. The core volume has an external diameter of 25mm, internal diameter of 16mm and height of 10mm. The termination of the wire is directly connected to in/out terminal. Therefore, the high efficiency of the toroidal transformer has an extremely low loss structure. It delivers the signal from the cartridge without coloration to the phono-terminal directly. The Model 411II is a modified version of the original Model 411 and it has 32dB of step-up, a ratio of approximately 40 times. Made in Japan. Specifications: Input Impedance: Less than 15ohm, tolerance to 25ohm Step up ratio: 32dB Output Impedance: 47K - 50K ohm Dimensions: 66 x 142 x 106mm (HxWxD) Weight: 1kg Pictures: Pictures: