The Accord MC phono cartridge is a magnificent composite of intricately layered, ultra-dense, dry-carbon fiber and titanium. The dry-carbon fiber has a remarkable 60 ton compression ratio of hardness and is precision CNC machined. This forms the mounting base plate and attached to it is a CNC machined titanium housing creating a unique marriage of materials. The exceptionally hard aluminum alloy cantilever is the same one used in the acclaimed Harmony cartridge from Shelter. The ACCORD’s exquisite character is accomplished by precisely integrating the stylus into the tip of the cantilever. This combination of carbon fiber and titanium materials, the incorporated an elliptical needle (0.3 x 0.7 mil) and precisely wound coil assembly is a testimony to this masterpiece of a cartridge. The body is light, strong, and incredibly rigid and possesses outstanding internal damping qualities that make it an ideal mounting platform for the cartridge’s motor mechanism. The result is a phono cartridge of remarkable character, warmth, quietness, and sonic integrity for it’s cost and performance.