Best cheap cartridge for college student

Two of my college sons have adopted my analog affliction by picking up cheap TT's (read free) but without any cartridges. One recently came home for Christmas break with a Dual CS2110 table from the 80's that used to have some Ortofon cartridge on it. He has a Rotel integrated amp with MM and MC and listens mostly to reggae/Ska music. He can afford perhaps $150 for a cartridge. What should I advise him?
1) Forget it, put the money into CD
2) Put the Dual back in the trash bin where you found it and wait til you can afford at least a used Rega2
3) wait to be able to buy something like a Denon DL103
4) Buy the 'X' cartridge (you fill in) it's a deal for the price and OK until you get a better TT.
5) Other advice
1) Avaunt Demon! 2) Avaunt Demon! 3) way too much for this 'table, wait to graduate to something better 4) $100-$150 Grado or Shure cartridge, or new stylus for Ortofon or 5) consider a used AR-XA with a cheapie cartridge.
Grado's are a good value as well as the Shures.
I just mail ordered a Shure M97xE for $65.00 delivered. It is reasonably high compliance, high output, decently flat frequency response and should be very good on record wear. Kind of a no brainer.
I use a Shure M97xE and am quite pleased with it.

Google "Jack's Music Factory", they sell them for a good price.
Oh, I had a Shure M97 (not the xE) a long time ago and I wouldn't buy one again, sorry. I didn't like the midrange balance. Any cheap Grado, like a Black, would be my preference now. They sound fine in the mids where the music is, are rugged and won't damage LPs. Not that Shures won't keep your discs safe too, it's just that IMNVHO, Shures don't hit the magic music-for-money mark until you get to the V15 IV or better.
Dual worked directly with Ortofon on a line of cartridges called the "Concorde". These were specifically designed to integrate well with their arms. The name came from the shape of the cartridge, which somewhat resembled the jet of the same name. The OM series was the commercial equivalent of the Concorde line as designed to work with other makes & models of turntanbles.

By purchasing the lower cost Super OM-10, one can upgrade to a Super OM- 30 by simply swapping in a new stylus. This allows one to start cheap and then upgrade as one desires should they decide to stick with playing vinyl. The use of such a cartridge takes any guesswork out of the cartridge / arm matching equation, allows pretty solid performance with a minimal investment and even keeps the door open for future upgrades at reduced cost. Sean

PS... You might want to check around on price. I linked to the Needle Doctor as their website typically provides a good amount of info about the product.
Love Grados, however for this tonearm the Ortofon was a good match with high compliance cantilever. This is not a bad sounding table. Cheap Ortofon and you are in.
I have a couple of NOS Grados(older brown/tan plastic bodies).One is new, the other has a few hours.They sound great and I will donate them to a good home.I ask only that shipping is paid.I will not be able to ship until 1/4/04.

the shure or at440ML for about $90, good tracker, bass, mids, top. the grado COULD hum with a dual.

aka hifitommy
I had a Shure M97xE on my first "good/cheap" TT, an early AR ES-1 with Linn Basik arm (I paid $35for it!). The Shure did fine. I still have it around as my spare cart. I'd recommend it--it should work fine in that setup, and the little brush can be good for someone who might not care for their records properly. Mine picked up plenty of dust bunnies before I got a VPI RCM. FWIW, I was in college when I got the Shure ;)

Like tommy says, watch out for humming Grados.
Thanks for all the great input. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Thanks Larry (Transnova) for your donation of your NOS Grado to a college student analog convert. You are a scholar and a gentleman!