I am very surprised no one in the community is talking about Madake cartridge. PT told me to keep my mouth shut for A month. But I can't help given the superlative joy I have been enjoying. It is way better than my other beloved cartridge like Kansui, Da Vinci, Koetsu and Ikeda KAI.
It does not sound like typical Japanese cartridge, either focus entirely on the pristine clarity of treble like the ZYX, or the lust mid range of the Koetsu and Kai. Have you ever heard people comment any Japanese cart that the bass is vibrant and fast? Lyra, maybe, but it is on the dry side of sound. Old people like myself would like some more color here and there.
The KAI has been PT's reference but mind you that he has the super Wadax phono to rectify the non-linearity. That is why his KAI is fast. Anyway, the Madake is a pleasant surprise. It is also economical. It is definitely a super cart. I am using it with da vinci virtu arm.