I have all of the above cartridges in my collection. Including a brand-new-in-box Shure V15 mkV MR (which I'm so far saving for posterity).
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I just hauled out my old turntable as well. I set up a independent system with a Project Xpression table, Ortofon OM Super 20e cartridge, Bellari 129 and Sennheiser 580 phones. Am listening right now and am amazed at how much enjoyment I am getting from this gear I just had going unused! Very thankful I saved most all the LP's of my youth.
Regarding your question. I have owned several Ortofon MM's over the years. To my ear they seem neutral and balanced. When my elliptical stylus becomes worn I would be tempted to upgrade to the om 30 stylus. Another cartridge slightly above your range I have heard good things about is the Audio-Technica VM750SH. I would be curious if other members could comment on that cartridge, especially relative to my older model Ortofon.
The mass of your arm is probably a bit higher so would also be mindful of compliance issues (a very high compliance cartridge would result in a too low resonant frequency). Would also welcome others thoughts on this issue in practical terms as well.
pickering's published specs say life 250-300 hours for their stereohedron stylus which is more in keeping with other specs, it is an 'advanced elliptical' in my opinion.
conical: 150 hrs; elliptical 250 hrs; shibata/line contact 400hrs; SAS micro linear 500 hrs.
My Shure V15VxMR body, I ordered a Jico SAS on boron, there are several replacement options
lpgear has many options, including a line contact stylus for the Pickering Cartridges
and lp gear sells the Jico's and others for the Shure bodies
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