I am using a van den hul black beauty on my VPI TNT MK V/JMW 12.5 combo. The BB is high compliance cartridge and has a .55 mv output, which should be plenty for you.
I think it's a fantastic match. I couldn't be happier with the sound of this set-up. I'm sure I will be using it for years to come. BTW, when I spoke to "Mike" at VPI he said they were using the BB with their TNT HR/JMW 12.5 in demonstrations.
I can't comment on the cart TWL mentions.
The list price for the BB is 4,000, but if you just look through Audiogon, they are sold a much, much less than that.
I have a Shelter 501 MII and to me it sounds better than my old Vandenhull Frog.
Here is a cool site you will like. Discussed are the best cartridges, including the Shelter 501 MII , Shelter 901,
Lyra Helikon, Vandenhull grasshopper, ZYX R-100 Fuji and many more.
This is a must read,it should answer a lot of questions for you, detailed and thorough, I hope it will help you.
Be sure to check out this whole site especially reviewing the reviewers.
Good luck, and very good listening.
Let us know what you finally purchase.
Cmo, Salvatore has one perspective, but he has not personally heard that many cartridges. i think his web-site is valuable in that it will make you think for yourself.....which is the best advice.
in my personal cartridge experience i have found that the vdH Colibri XCP is the best cartridge i have heard. it is $6k retail, but can be purchased on audiogon for under $2k. i also have the Koetsu RSP II ($5500 list) and the Clearaudio Insider Gold ($7600 list). i much prefer the XCP to these 2 cartridges as more dynamic, detailed and explosive.
i have spent quite a bit of time with the Helikon and Benz Ruby.....neither of which is competive with the Insider or Koetsu.....so the Colibri XCP is a few levels better than those.
i also have the Colibri XWG which has a mytlewood body and gold coils, which is slightly less explosive and dynamic than the XCP, which has a polycarbonite body and copper coils. the XCP outputs .85mv and the XWG outputs .65mv.....so both will be easy to drive and create a lower noise floor than many other of the better MC's.
This is a difficult Item to buy used. You are at the mercy of the seller, unless you can inspect the stylus with a lute or something so as to magnify the stylus enough so you can see if it does any wear. If it looks smooth no chips out from the sides, it is good. If you buy one over a distance you must take the sellers word about condition.
I have not had good luck in this but you can find many in good condition, it is hit and miss. A used cartridge will have some wear and it is subjective.
Cmo, your original Question was for a 2K cartridge. The Fugi and the shelter 901 new, are within this price point. Another website;