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FOR SALE: Transfiguration Proteus moving coil cartridge with full warranty

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Info: Transfiguration Proteus moving coil cartridge with full warranty

Asking Price:
USD $3500.00
Retail Price: USD $6000.00
Payment method: Cash, Paypal, Money Order
Condition: 10 - Mint (?)
Date Posted: May 19, 17 6:08pm (PST)
Edited: May 21, 17 9:49am
About Seller: Goldnagual
Charlottesville, VA
United States
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This is a Transfiguration Proteus dealer demo with < 100 hours, closer to 85 and comes with a full manufacturer warranty. Everything Maestro Fremmer said in his review is true, see below. Free shipping in the CONUS. Photo to come...


Transfiguration Proteus: $6000
For their new flagship MC cartridge, Transfiguration returned to the double-ring-magnet construction of earlier models, adding silver-wire coils with so few windings that an internal resistance of just 1 ohm is claimed. Nevertheless, output is specified as 0.2mV at 3.54cm/s (using the industry's standard of 5cm/s, the Proteus's output is actually closer to 0.28mV). The Proteus sports a PA-profile stylus at the end of its boron cantilever, and the moderate-compliance motor is said to perform well at a VTF of 2gm. Based on his experience with earlier Transfigurations—models known more for "getting out of the way" than for trying to make a "beautiful sound"—MF had high expectations; even so, he wasn't prepared for what he heard: "Even before [it] had a chance to fully break in and develop, what I was hearing put it up there with the best, most musically involving cartridges I've heard at any price." As for value, MF described the Proteus as "expensive, but not stupidly so," the latter sobriquet being something he reserves for cartridges that sell for $10,000 and up. (Vol.37 No.10)

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Transfiguration Proteus MC phono cartridge

By Michael Fremer • Posted: Oct 8, 2014
image: https://www.stereophile.com/images/styles/600_wide/public/1014trans.promo_.JPG?itok=3OgTO0cJ

Read more at https://www.stereophile.com/content/transfiguration-proteus-mc-phono-cartridge#tj2udSAEUhtJa92d.99
The Legend Continues

The Proteus represents the pinnacle of all that Seiji Yoshioka has learned and achieved in his pioneering and perfection of the ring-magnet construction in phono cartridges. Listening to the Proteus on a top turntable and arm combination, the usual audio industry descriptors fail...there is only music, intensely communicative music. The phenomenal resolution can only be understood in musical and emotional terms..."did you hear how he bent that note? ...how could she do that with her voice? You can feel her pain..."
Proteus is the name of an early Greek sea god known for his ability like water, to change forms, flowing from one to the next. This aptly describes Transfigurations Proteus and its chameleon-like ability to become whatever music it sees. Liquid, powerful, delicate, transparent...and teeming with life.

When you are ready to unleash the gods of music hidden in the grooves of your favorite LP's, it is time for Proteus...

PROTEUS – Specifications


body: aluminium, resonance controlled
cantilever: 0.3mm solid boron
stylus: PA (3 x 30µm) solid diamond
core/coils: Ultra grade 3S - µ metal square core with 5N silver coils
magnet: neodymium – front & rear
weight: 7.8g


output voltage: 0.2mV (3.54cm/s, 1kHz)
internal impedance: 1 ohm
frequency response: 10Hz – 20kHz +1.5dB; 20kHz – 40kHz +2dB
channel separation: > 30dB (200Hz - 1kHz)
channel balance: < 0.5dB at 1kHz


tracking ability: > 70µm at tracking force 2.0g at 315Hz
dynamic compliance: 13 x 10 to the minus 6 cm/dyne

set up instructions

recommended loading: > 10 ohms
recommend’ tracking force: 2.0 g
optimum working temp’: 23º celsius
break in period: min. 40 hours

Technical Details

1. Push pull damping

A special compound has newly been meticulously designed and fabricated to provide total stylus/coil alignment and control. It's non-sensitivity to temperature change keeps the damping coefficient stable and improbes tracing accuracy.

2. Twin coils on the cantilever fulcrum

Minimizes dynamic mass and mechanical impedance, enabling instant, accurate reaction to every groove detail, including the ability to handle massive transients without overshoot or break-up.

3. Special alloy core for coil assembly

This increases sensitivity by 35dB, improves signal to noise ratio eliminating a usual source of distortion.

4. Neodymium magnet

Thanks to the much higher induced magnetism of the neodymium magnet in the rear of the double ring magnets, the coil-turns of the generator have been reduced. It is very helpful to reduce the internal impedance to 1ohm, which contributes to the improvement in the solidarity with transparency.

5. Low mass tip

Ogura PA (3 x 30µm) tip shares many of the advantages of this flagship MC cartridge with the Phoenix and Axia. Its function is to reproduce the character of the original recorded sound - not add or subtract its own deficiences.

6. Anti-resonance cartridge body

The solid cartridge body utilizes both shape and material to create a totally inert environment for the electromagnetic elements. These elements are more effectively insulated from arm, turntable and tracing noises, further reducing any tonal coloration of the music and lessening the illusion of distracting mechanical noises.


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