Benz Micro cartridges have been in production since the 1980s, earning recognition throughout the world as one the top brands in the field. This July saw the passing of Ernst Benz, founder and designer of the original Benz-Micro cartridges. Ernst had retired in 1994 and sold the cartridge production to Albert, his close associate and designer of the Benz-Micro PP-1 phono stage. Albert relocated and modernized the factory, employed a highly skilled workforce, introduced many new models, and expanded his OEM cartridge manufacturing. All Cartridges are Hand Made in Switzerland.