“This pretty, well-built guy plays a lot, much better than you'd expect. The clever power supply gives the belt drive sound almost a direct drive characteristic with spur strength, lots of dynamism and emphasis. The medium-weight tonearm will work well with many pickups, but will certainly play well with the Gold Note pickup. Highly recommended!”
“Donatello Red is a sonically highly interesting, lightweight, yet robustly built high-output moving coil with clever technology and light-footed, powerful and homogeneous sound!” - Roland Kraft
Donatello is reviewed with Mediterraneo on Positive Feedback!
"The combo had no issues tracking anything I tossed on the platter … all my music sounded simply wonderful. Clean and ever so there with a lively presence that was fast on its feet… pace and rhythm. Details were in evidence and aplenty, though they were not forced or in the least bit analytical. Bass was deep, solid, and propulsive. Stable as all get out as well…I could find nothing to criticize as the combo simply played my music in a way that was fun and engaging.
Stable. Articulate. Fun. Resolving. Engaging. Style. Beautiful.
This is what I heard, what I appreciated… how I interpreted what happened with my music. I enjoyed my time with this system… a true reflection of Italian mastery." - Dave Clark
TONEAudio had fun with the new Donatello Gold, a rising star among our MC cartridges:
"The Donatello is easy to set up, tracks difficult musical passages with ease and sounds great. What else could you want?
It’s become my new reference in the thousand-dollar cartridge category!" - Jeff Dorgay
Jeff Dorgay at TONEAudio is now a new fan of Machiavelli Gold, one of our best cartridges:
"The Machiavelli offers a perfect balance and always serves the music. It is dynamic enough to engage, resolving enough to reveal, yet ever so slightly forgiving, so that nearly all of your records sound great. A perfect host for your music collection; what could be better? Gold Note’s Machiavelli succeeds brilliantly at a price point where the competition is fierce. I am happy to award it one of our Exceptional Value Awards for 2017." - Jeff Dorgay
There's a new little star in the constellation of our cartridges: the name is Vasari, the sound is...well, just read TONE Audio review if you want to find out:
"With decent cartridges in the four-figure range, what's the new audio enthusiast to do? Four words: Gold Note Vasari Gold. And you can get one for $385." - Jeff Dorgay
Tuscany Gold is on the cover of Stereophile #60 issue!
"Tuscany Gold had a fine, beautifully balanced sound free of gross colorations, and it's well designed and built...I thoroughly enjoyed the several months I spent listening to it." - Michael Fremer
Our jewels reviewed at Mono&Stereo: two analog jewels for a real cartridge junkie!
"Red and Gold are mature, refined products and share the enticing qualities of MC’s: great balance across the spectrum and absence of artificial bass bump and with airy, natural transparency.
They represent Gold Note’s focus on music.
From ground up they’ve been designed to offer a perpetual listening experience." - Matej Isak
Stereo magazine reviews Machiavelli Red & the Electrocompaniet ECG1 - text in German with English abstract
Bobolino gets reviewed by Audio Video - text in russian
In depth review of first generation Tuscany by Audio - text in italian