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On the 9th of October 1918, the two Danish engineers, Axel Petersen (1887-1971) and Arnold Poulsen (1889-1952) founded the Electrical Phono Film Company.
They developed a new system of cutter head for the gramophone industry and the amplifier, developed in secrecy during WW II. The cutter head was revolutionary because the level of registration of the oscillations was raised from 5 kHz to 14 kHz.
At the end of 1945 the Danish disc recording company “Tono” was able to cut records on the new equipment. No existing pickup system, however, was able to reproduce so high a sound quality that this cutter head produced. So the pioneering Ortofon mono pickup and pickup arm were developed in 1948 and then patented in many countries. In a few years it became world famous.
In 1951 Ortofon was registered as a trade mark for all the products of the company. Ortofon went on to develop many highly innovative products for the cutting and playback of vinyl. These had domestic, industrial and in the case of club and radio DJs, professional applications.
What is Ortofon famous for?In the DJ market, Ortofon are most famous for their Concorde cartridges. This combined the role of headshell, cartridge and stylus into one sleek design. World-famous, the Concorde has been released in many variations, catering to a range of users, from audiophiles to hard-working DJs. Ortofon created Concordes for dedicated use by scratch DJs, and teamed up with Q-Bert for some designs.
At Store DJ we stock a huge range of Ortofon cartridges, styli and accessories. We understand which configuration is right for your style of playing. Visit us in store to learn more about what Ortofon can do for your sound.