Pierre Clement Variable reluctance pickup

The Pierre Clement experiments are still on hold as other projects develop. We all share the same 24 hours per day…! My blog friend has in his usual fast pace put things into action.

So what is special about Pierre Clement? Its not the only variable reluctance pickup but most certainly the one that has the highest output at 20mv. Will discover on my grounds.

This gain? How does this factor when going into a regular phono stage sensitivity?  Will changing the input impedance of the phono preamp have an impact as it does on the GE VR pickups?  I have been surprised at the inconsistent sound I have heard from PC cartridges in various configuratons; from okay (even sub…) to mesmerising. I will make a dedicated phono stage for the purpose of my tests. 
So experiences and views will be appreciated here like that when I get around to this project I can kind of get a heads start…..thanks! 

But for now other projects await!
All fun… 



  1. A unclippable phono stage is another must. In their way, the PCs are as demanding of top preamplification as any 0.1mv mc cartridge, but coming from the opposite extreme! I would hazard that many PC sob stories are due to crappy sound from overloaded phono stages.

    • Mark,

      Agree. That why I will make a phono stage designed around the output level and matching load obviously…its just a shame that the we262a does not have enough gain…or two stage?….let’s see. As you know I have a heavy workload so this is a distant plan.
      All fun….

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