All who provided input - follow up.
Its been a while since I was able to do anything with my TT, lots of personal events have eaten up my time. In the last month or so I was able to get the TT up and running (although with a few bumps along the way) and wanted to share some things and thanks for your responses.
I was able to get a really good deal on a Musical Surroundings Phenomena II. It had really good reviews, I liked its construction and design and was really flexible as to loading and gain. Connected it up and I was in biz. I had some old albums that were not in good shape at all but gave them a try and.... the hook was set!! I knew from that minute I was toast, I loved and missed that sound and wanted more.
I picked up some new LPs through Acoustic Sounds but noticed that I had some skipping issues here and there. Upon inspection I saw that someone had replaced the ground wire on the arm with a solid wire which I think was restricting the arms movement. After some research I was able to rewire the arm with an Incognito rewire kit ( a nice little project). I have a bunch of hours on it now and it seems to be breaking in nicely and has made a significant difference in the sound.
After fine tuning the arm alignment and tracking my system is really sounding great, even with the Grado Green.
Next up is the cartridge, after some calls the consensus was Orthofon 2m or Grado Sonata. I decided to go with the Grado Sonata Statement, that is in the works as I write this and will post an update once it is installed and broken in.
I can't imagine what the difference will be between the Green and Sonata. I am pretty sure that the rest of my system is up to the challenge so it should be interesting.
Thanks again everyone.