I think you'll be very happy with the Seduction. If you go to the main page at AudioAsylum you'll find a Bottlehead Forum, unless you've already found it. Search or post the question over there and you'll get many recommendations for cartridges. And, remember, you can always add an outboard step up transformer if you want to run MC cartridges.
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I LOVE my Seduction! Probably one of my favorites pieces of gear that I have ever bought. You will be limited to a "higher" output MM cartridge. I tried about 5 or 6 different cartridges and finally settled on the Linn Adikt. Make sure you swap out the caps on the outputs. I used the Auricaps. I hear the V caps are quite wonderful, but VERY expensive.
If you're the least bit handy I think you'll pick up the soldering pretty quick. Here are four suggestions:
1) Get a GOOD soldering station. One with temp control. You can find Wellers on Ebay for pretty good prices. Expect to pay $150 or so. It is worth it. And, get a few sizes of tips for it. From very small to about 3/16.
2) Use good quality solder. I like the Cardas, which I bought from Michael Percy several years ago and I'm still using it.
3) Get a good 5x diopter so you can see what you're doing.
4) Get an anti-static mat.
Other than that, have fun!
Dan_ed, these are excellent suggestions for someone planning to build several DIY projects, but IMO, it's overkill for a single project. I completely agree that a good soldering iron *and good solder* makes the difference between struggling and having fun. However, I don't think a one-time builder needs a $150 Weller. I've been happy with a $20 Weller I bought at the local hardware store. Just my two cents.
I'm sure others know more about soldering than I do, but from what I understand, a soldering station usually has a temp controlled soldering iron. A stand-alone soldering iron usually has a fixed temp and a fixed watt rating. I use a 25 watt Weller and it works very well. I started with a 40 watt Radio Shack iron and found that it couldn't keep a consistent temperature. I hate to call it garbage b/c it got me through my first few projects, but it's pretty damn close to garbage.
You'll want a wet sponge nearby to clean your tip in between solders. You'll find some good practices here:
The Basic Electronics Soldering & Desoldering Guide
If you hunt through the forums, you'll find plenty of opinions on what people like for solder. I've only used Cardas Quad-Eutectic solder, but I've heard a lot of good things about Wonder and WBT.