I wouldn't rule out the Shure cartridge..You can get a nice replacement stylus from Jico ( LPgear.com ) ..I use a Vintage Shure( M55E ) and I like it better than the Grado Gold on my Thorens TD160..
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I received the tonearm wand with attached Shure V15 type ii yesterday so I went out and bought a geodisc protractor and proceeded to set my TT up with the new rig.
The stylus on the V15ii had a silver "shure" decal on top of a green plastic holder. From the photos I have seen on the internet, this does not appear to be the correct stylus for the v15ii. At any rate, I set the cartridge up on my TT and spun up a record. Yuck. Compared to my Grado, it produced a lot of pops and was not very sure footed in the grooves (it tended to bounce around a bit when lowered onto the record). I don't have a way to inspect the stylus tip but I am assuming it is bad. Oh well, at least I got a spare arm wand for mounting a new cartridge.
I just discovered that the stylus on my V15 is a N75-3 model that is used to play 78's. No wonder it didn't track very well it is supposed to be set up with a minimum tracking force of 3 grams and I was trying to play LP's @ 1 gram). I guess this cartridge and stylus are destined to go on ebay 'cause I don't play 78's.