Sumiko was founded in 1972 by David Fletcher in Japan, and for nearly 50 years the company have been manufacturing high-end cartridges for high-quality vinyl playback. Sumiko’s first cartridges were released in 1982 with the launch of the Talisman, which was followed in 1984 with the release of the Alchemist MC cartridge, a first of its kind to be mass-produced. In 1992, the companies well known Oyster, Blue Point and Black Pearl cartridges were released, and these cartridges are still popular models in their current catalogue.

Over the years, Sumiko built up a reputation for themselves as a prestigious brand for cartridges, satisfying discerning audiophiles with moving magnet and moving coil cartridges that span all price points and technologies. The company is now one of the largest importers and distributors of high-end products in North America.

With an impressive portfolio of products, there are many names in their roll call that are synonymous with high-quality record playback.

The current range from Sumiko includes the affordable to the luxury. Starting with the Oyster Series, encompassing Entry Level (Oyster, Black Pearl and Pearl) and Premium Moving Magnet (Rainier, Olympia, Moonstone and Amethyst) models as well as the iconic Blue Point moving coil range. All ‘affordable’ options are adequately covered, giving vinyl newcomers or those on a limited budget a taste of the high-end for a fraction of the price.

The audiophile Reference Series then meets the demands of genuinely high-end vinyl playback systems with the “Songbird” range, bolstered by the Pearwood Celebration II and the luxurious Palo Santos Presentation one-off designs.