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Grado BLACK3 Prestige P-Mount T4P Phono Cartridge
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Grado BLACK3 Prestige P-Mount T4P Phono Cartridge

P-Mount T4P Mount Cartridge
DISCONTINUED - see green3 below

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black3 GRADO Prestige P-mount T4P cartridge - DISCONTINUED 

See related items below for Current production Green3, Red3, & Gold3

March 2023, GRADO USA has discontinued this cartridge in favor of the "green3" cartridge as the new entry level Grado prestige pickup.

.:Part of the Prestige 3 Phono Cartridge Series:.

"The newly produced Alnico magnets are more powerful and also slightly smaller, but heavier. This change lowers overall distortion, reduces output a tiny bit, widens separation, increases dynamics, widens signal to noise ratio, and reduces phase/stray ambiance distortion. Clarity is increased rather dramatically from front-to-rear sound stage"......Robert H. Levi

From GradoLabs:
Both the black3 and Green3 use a three piece OTL cantilever that has a Grado specific diamond mounted on a brass bushing. The Green3 are hand selected from black3 production runs which meet higher test specifications. Approximately 15% of the run usually exhibits these specs and become a Green3.
Grado’s OTL, or optimized transmission line, technology provides an ideal transfer of signal from the surface of the LP to the generator of the system. This technology rejects unwanted resonances and lowers distortion preserving the fundamental and harmonic frequencies of the music. This also helps keep noise generated by the motor system in the cartridge to a minimum.

Grado’s OTL stylus/cantilever design makes records sound quieter, improves the height, width, and depth of the soundstage, and present more detail than previously obtainable.

The black3 & Green3 are all hand assembled by our team in Brooklyn, with some builders having over 25 years of experience. With the recent development of the highly received Lineage Series of cartridges, we were able to have a trickle down of technology and bring a new technique to the black3 & Green3. This updated series of cartridges offers Excellent tonal balance, dynamics, and realism, for a most rewarding reproduction of vocals and instruments. Our coil winding techniques, using ultra high purity copper wire which were honed during the development of the Lineage Series, have let the electrical circuits achieve unison between the four coils in each phono cartridge. This allows for a precise balance between channels and accurate stereo imaging.

As in all Grado phono cartridges the black3 & Green3 are powered by a twin magnet system that optimizes the balance between stereo channels. All internal magnetic circuit parts are held to extremely high tolerances creating the desired stereo imaging. Grado’s patented Flux-Bridger design allows the black3 & Green3 to have one of the lowest effective moving mass generating systems while creating an Excellent balance throughout the full frequency range.

The development of the Epoch in the Lineage Series gave us an in-depth experience with using an outer housing as a damping device. This led to the creation of a process which de-stresses the chassis and dissipates unwanted energy & resonant frequencies, allowing the desired signal to travel freely.

Note: Reviews prior to 2020 refer to Grado Prestige discontinued Black1 or Black2 Pmount Cartridges.

5 Stars
I avoided Grado in the past due to the mixed reviews of the earlier versions. I have a nice Technics SL-7 that needed a p-mount. It's a fine machine and has very good isolation. The problem was the Ortofon cart sounded a bit lightweight and the Shure 94lt just sounded lifeless. I had a feeling the Grado might be a good match and I was right. It is just crazy good at this price. It added the bass heft that was missing with other carts but that is not all. It is so quiet in the grooves, you will think the tip has some advanced profile but it is just a basic elliptical. The top end is very refined and smooth in my set-up. I imagine a pivoted arm won't produce the same level of refinement but you will get a lot of it. A must have for classical music lovers, the string tone is gorgeous. Highly recommended.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from East Lansing . on 4/21/2019
5 Stars
Good set for the price
Turntableneedles.com made my exchange great. The customer service rep. Kyle was always helpful. I traded up after the Bliss stylus underperformed. I decided to get the Grado Black2 P-mount. I have NO issues with this cart/stylus. It just sounds good. I have had Shure cartridges on Technics turntables before, and this compares with a little bit more midrange. It is very clear. It tracks a little light, but over time the cantilever will settle. I'm a Grado fan upon first listen! Time will tell. This is a fairly price U.S. made cart/stylus.
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Reviewed by:  from Sacramento, CA. on 10/4/2018
5 Stars
Grado Black 2 No Regrets
Very Good cartridge for the price. My first Grado, usually had Shure or AT. Better than the ATs I've had and slightly better than the Shures, which were my favorite for my Technics turntable and Marantz and Yamaha receivers. This cartridge brought out the music in my albums I haven't heard in a long time. Happy with the choice.
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Reviewed by:  from S.C.. on 11/24/2018
5 Stars
This cartridge is wonderful. I did not notice a significant sound difference, but there is definitely a difference in how the records play. Records that previously skipped, no longer skip with this new cartridge. I believe the extra weight is helping tremendously. I am glad I made this purchase.
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Reviewed by:  from washington. on 3/13/2021
5 Stars
Grado BLACK3 Prestige P-Mount T4P Phono Cartridge
Nice cartridge. Works great on my Technics linear turntable, nice open sound with great base,
Reviewed by:  from Calexico. on 8/27/2022
5 Stars
Grado Black3 Prestige P-Mount T4P Phono Cartridge
Seems to work great! Super easy installation. Big improvement in sound over prior needle, which was also a Grado, but bunged up thru long use and too many bounces. :>) :>) :>)
Reviewed by:  from Alexandria, Va.. on 9/27/2022

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