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SMMC3, Acrylic Body


 The SMMC3 has been discontinued, please consider our Carmen, same cartridge but in our wood body.

 The Acrylic mounted SMMC3 cartridge by The Soundsmith affords high end performance from a very moderately priced cartridge. Your SMMC3 will provide a level of clarity and beauty from your vinyl that will make you take out your record  collection and listen to it all over again.

Stylus and cantilever design? Only the best available in its class, because that's where the rubber meets the road, in cartridge terms.

Just at the price point where most cartridge manufacturers make their profit by using a  very low cost "bonded" elliptical or even conical stylus, we use "nude" single piece Elliptical shaped Diamond stylus.

Why do we do this at this price level for a cartridge when no one else does? Simple. We love vinyl. You will too when you hear the SMMC3.

The SMMC3 is one model in a great cartridge lineup that overturns the myth that "moving coil" cartridges are the only path towards perfection. After all, what is the “advantage” of the moving coil type of cartridge? Low moving mass, right? We got less. Much less. And if you understand moving mass, Less IS more.

 The 40 year evolution of the SMMC3 cartridge affords lower EFFECTIVE moving mass than most all MC types of cartridges. Far lower. Why is that good? Because when you lower the effective moving mass, it’s easier to control. If it’s easier to control, the stylus can stay in better contact with the groove walls. That’s good, because if you can’t stay in contact with the groove walls, you can’t hear what’s on the record. Do we sound proud of what we've done?? We wont apologize for it. We've worked hard to justify sounding the way we do.

 Is a moving coil preamp required? No. The SMMC3 is a "Moving Iron design" - designed to be used with a standard Moving Magnet preamp. No transformers. No finicky multi-stage ultra high gain preamp required. Less is more here, too.

 Once you’ve heard your new SMMC3, you’ll never go back. The price?? Oh yes, “less is more” applies here too………$(discontinued, see our updated Moving Iron cartridge line)


Click here for Stereophile Review of the SMMC1

(or click for our archived .pdf copy of the review)


SMMC3 is available in:
Compliance: High
Output: Stereo

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SMMC3 Information:
Product Specs (.pdf)
more photos
Find our other ½” Mount Cartridges:
make a selection from list below,
or click here for model overview
Sussurro Paua
in Wood Body in Acrylic Body
The Voice The Voice
Aida SMMC1
Boheme SMMC2
Carmen SMMC3
Otello SMMC4

SMMC3 Technical specifications
Stylus Nude Elliptical, 0.120mm SQ
Radius of curvature 6 x 17 µm
Cantilever Aluminum Alloy
Recommended Tracking force: 12mN / 1.2 gm (high)
14mN / 1.4 gm (medium)
Effective tip mass 0.35 mg
Compliance 28 µm/mN (high)
22 µm/mN (medium)
Frequency response 20-20,000 Hz ± 2.5 dB
Channel Separation
(stereo only)
1000 Hz >24 dB
50-15,000 >20 dB
Channel difference <1.8 dB (Stereo)
<1.0 dB (Mono)
Output voltage >0.6 mV/cm/sec.
5 cm/sec. Lat. RMS >2.12 mV
Cartridge weight 6.8 grams
Load: Resistance >/= 47 kohms

Capacitance: 100 - 200 pF

(400-600 pf available by special order)