Like its namesake, Van den Hul’s new Stradivarius version of its Crimson phono cartridge is lovingly crafted by hand (by AJ Van den Hul himself, no less), but it really gets its name from the ‘Stradivarius Formula’ lacquer that coats its koa wood body – which is similar to what’s used for finishing the famous violins. The new moving-coil cartridge features 24-carat gold coils, a samarium-cobalt magnet, boron cantilever and a proprietary Van den Hul stylus.

Each Crimson Stradivarius is built to order and can be customised to the buyer’s specific tastes and setup. It’s available to buy now for £3,999 and Van den Hul also offers a free 200-hour service check up. The Stradivarius is distributed in the UK by Decent Audio.