You need an MM, MI or a HOMC cartridge with the VP130 as it only has about 30 dB of gain. I highly recommend any in the 2M series by Ortofon as I have a Bellari VP130 too and use both a 2M Red and a 2M black in a Technics SL 1200 MKII with it. I had a Shure M97xe but the cartridge didn't provide enough high end "air" that I like. Anyway those are my suggestions based on current experience and satisfation. And the Bellari is a great phono stage, especially if you put a NOS Telefunken ribbed 12AX7 in it.
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