GRADO is one of the oldest family-owned companies in the audio industry and has for almost half a century been a leader in design engineering for the high-end audio and recording industries. Renowned for their remarkable headphones and phono cartridges, the company holds over 48 patents and company founder, Joseph Grado, is credited as the inventor of the stereo moving coil phono cartridge. All GRADO cartridges are hand made to GRADO's full performance specifications. Acclaimed by experts as virtually the finest pickups in the world at their price points, nothing leaves the factory unless it sounds pure GRADO. LP Gear is an authorized dealer of GRADO products and is authorized to sell them in the US only.