Umami, officially coined in 1908 by Japanese chemist Kikunae Ikeda-san, is a “very pleasing or delicious flavour on the palate, a synergistic effect resulting in higher taste intensity.” So, of course, you’re going to give that name to a cartridge aren’t you, eh? Oh, but it’s all about those pesky sonic metaphors of course. The sort that Hana’s cartridge designer Maseo Okada-san quite likes. The Umami Red MC cartridge includes a cryogenically treated MC generator featuring a samarium/cobalt magnet with a pure-iron square plate armature, hand-wound with high purity 30-micron copper wire for an internal impedance of 6 Ohms and a .4mV output.
You get a Nude Microline stylus, bonded to a solid Boron cantilever. When cartridges start using specialised cantilevers like Boron, you can start whetting the appetite. The design also uses a Auricle body design that apparently, “…mimics the shape of the human outer ear to rigidly support the ‘Open Air’ Moving Coil generator.” It is machined from A7075 Duralumin with a multi-layered Urushi lacquer finish originating from the Japanese Makie-artistic tradition, and incorporates an Ebony Wood inlay, tapped mounting holes and stylus guard.