Stick to the newer version of the 97, as I think you will be disappointed in spending about $150 for something else. I have two tt's, one is loaded with a $2K Clearaudio and its platform is a VPI Aries. The other is a Denon 47F which I rotate a number of different cartridges, including the newer 97. Believe me, the 97 is not too far behind the $2K cartridge. Look to do an upgrade to your tt before spending any more money on a cartridge.