If you can stretch your budget a bit the Dynavector 20x2 is a proven winner with the 12.5 arm.
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The DV 20X2 is my backup carty. It's a nice carty, but my main carty is the Soundsmith VPI Zehyr. The Zephyr was jointly designed by Peter Ledermann and Harry Weisfeld. No surprise that it is extremely compatible with the Classic JMW wand. I think it sounds mutch better than the DV 20X2. I'm sure there are even better sounding carties out there, but the Zephyr is a low risk very good performer.
Stringreen is another VPI Classic owner who has said many times that the Benz LPS is a super performer: problem is that it's a $5K carty.
You might be able to pick up a preowned Zephyr on A'gon for $700. I did and it was a great buy. Brand new, the Zephyr costs $1K, unless you can find a dealer who discounts it.
Another nice fact about the Zephyr is that Peter Ledermann only charges $250 to retip it. Once retipped, it's as good as new.
Just another option. FWIW.
Good news. The OC9 has come back after a couple of hours of use. I guess it was just stiff from sitting around. Sounds nice even though it seems a bit dark and unrefined compared to the Lyra.
I will consider the Zephyr and 20x2 when the OC9 decides to give up the ghost.
BTW, this Aries 1 is a new table for me. Quite a nice performer and an improvement over the "modified" TNT 1 I was using.