According to Decware gain is 42db unless you went with a custom gain for it
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Good to hear. Thought you bailed on account of the long wait. Glad to see you did not. The ZP3 looks to be an enchanter among phono stages. Also it is nice you are not one to go around removing their threads, so we can post comments assured of people actually being able to read them. Sorry, but we have this problem....
Anyway, the only cart I can personally recommend is my Koetsu Black Goldline, fabulous cart and medium output but probably not enough without the SUT and anyway, too much money. So I would go with the recommended Ortofon Black. That is not a lot of money for a cartridge. Loosen up. Live a little. 😉
It’s good to be tight. You know it’s like the walrus and Tupperware, both like a tight seal. The Koetsu Black Goldline is a fabulous cartridge. Does everything right, beautifully balanced, decent output too. But I am loathe to pay $2500. So I hunted around and it took a while but I found mine brand new factory sealed recent production $1200. Tight! Tight! Tight!
The other ones I would look at are Soundsmith. Otello, or even better Carmen https://www.sound-smith.com/cartridges/fixed-coil/carmen-mk-ii High output (2.12mV) and read the description and the reviews. Perfect for your ZP3!
I have been looking at the Carmen. MI is a good sound I have a phono section here NOW actually set up for that. It's a Mac/Ear stage. I actually forgot I had it.. I had 3 in a packing crate. Mx110z, C11 and C20 I had forgotten about..
That STUFF would fund some new STUFF. Maybe I should do a personal "fund me". If I sold 1/2 the stuff I don't use..
There's an idea...