The Bellari has only 30 db of gain. You are going to want to stick to 5 mV output and up cartridges with that phono stage unless you want to be very frustrated.
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Depending on the gain of your preamp and amp, the sensitivity of your speakers, and your listening habits, you could be very satisfied with a 2mV cartridge with that amount of gain in your phono stage. That would be analogous to what I have in my system with a .5mV cart and 42dB of gain in the phono stage, and that with a 20 watt integrated amp driving 88dB sensitivity speakers. the only issues I have with my setup is a bit more noise from my tube phono stage and tube integrated with the volume pot up a bit more than I'd like and very occassionaly wanting a touch more volume. If you like listening VERY loud I would go with Hdm's advice.