I have just discovered that the prior owner has put an entirely inappropriate cartridge on my “good” turntable. Not only did they use the cheapest one they could find – it is a Shure, but old and bottom of the barrel when it was new – they used a P-mount on a standard tonearm, which adds weight and made connecting it difficult.
So. Shopping for cartridges. This leads easily down the audiophile rabbit hole, and I don’t want to go too far.
This was, in it’s day, a moderate-to-nice turntable, not the pinnacle. It’s plugged into a vintage moderate-to-nice receiver. They match! :) Keep in mind that in the mid-1970′s, vinyl was more important than now, so even moderate-to-nice was pretty good gear.
I’ve had two solid recommendations for the Sure M97xE. It’s well regarded.
There’s also a Grado – the Gold -I’d consider.
In the end, I went with an Audio-Technica AT440MLa. Well regarded and affordable. My local shop was impressed with the sound, and said it went on easily. I’m pleased with the sound too.
I also got a new stylus on the turntable I inherited from my Grandfather. There’s a 78 stylus available for that cartridge, too, which is tempting. It would play 78′s properly, with way less fuss. We shall see.