Shelter has been manufacturing high-end phono cartridges since the company was established in 1986 in Japan. All Shelter MC phono cartridges are hand-made at a workshop in Japan by adept craftsmanship. Shelter cartridges are all inspected and quality-assured by Yasuo Ozawa, the designer and founder of Shelter. Shelter’s MC Photo cartridges are divided into two major lines, Ultimate Line and Legendary Line. Both lines use carefully selected components and maintain a simple structure with minimum model changes. Shelter cartridges have won numerous awards and are known to have a long lifetime, well-built to last.