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Grado - Master3 - Timbre Series Phono Cartridge


Grado - Master3 - Timbre Series Phono Cartridge

The Timbre Series of wooden cartridges are a fixed coil design, hand-assembled at Grado labs from a specially selected species of mahogany. An intricate procedure of curing is done between production steps to achieve optimal sonic quality. This series generator/stylus module is not replaceable, allowing a redesigned one-piece magnetic circuit and a reduction of chassis resonances.

The Timbre Series utilizes manufacturing and assembly techniques of fantastic accuracy and precision, and the result is virtual perfection.

This cartridge should be used only with the finest equipment. The recommended tracking force is 1.6 - 1.9 grams.

The newly redesigned Master V3 cartridges have had their coil design reconfigured, and the effective moving mass of their generating system has been reduced by 17%. All this is hand-assembled within a machine and newly processed with Australian Jarrah wood housing. The Master V3 models use a five piece OTL cantilever technology achieving an additional 5% tip mass reduction over the Prestige series. The coils are wound with ultra-high purity long crystal (UHPLC) oxygen free copper wire. The Master V3 model is also mounted with Grado's specially designed nude elliptical diamond, and the Master3 model uses Grado's true ellipsoid design diamond.These cartridges are individually calibrated.


  • Fixed-Coil Design
  • Hand-Assembled at Grado Labs (Brooklyn, NY USA)
  • Made of specially selected mahogany
  • Five-Piece OTL Cantilever Technology
  • Coils are wound with Ultra-High Purity Long Crystal (UHPLC) Oxygen-Free Copper Wire
  • Mounted with Grado's specially designed Nude Elliptical Diamond with an Ellipsoid Design
  • Each Cartridge is individually calibrated


Australian Jarrah Wood

Machined Boron / Diamond Tip

High 4.0mV @5 CMV (45)
Low  1.0mV @5 CMV (45)

Controlled Frequency Response
10 - 60,000 hZ

Channel Separation
Average 30db - 10 - 30k Hz

Tracking Force
1.6 - 1.9 Grams

Channel Separation at 1 KHz
Average 30db - 10-30k Hz

Input Load
10k - 47k ohms

Stylus Type

High Output 55mH
Low Output  6mH

High Output 660 ohms
Low Output  70 ohms

Compliance CUs

Stylus Replacement Manufacturer
Grado Labs Factor (Brooklyn, NY)

Mounting Style

High Output, Low Output, Mono

Phone Cartridge Weight
10 grams

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