If you've done some searching on the ETII tonearm you will probably see a lot of threads started by myself.
I've had the arm for about 9 years and seem to learn more about it all the time.
I have now heard A LOT of arm/table combo's and I can say that although I have a pretty low end cartridge, the arm and table is outstanding in every sense, a true bargain in high end audio.
I purchased a VPI TNTjr which makes an excellent foundation for the ETII. I also purchased the TNT6 platter at the same time. It's basically a 6 without the SDS, platter ring, suspension, and dual motor. All of which are upgragdeable but offer small increments in sound quality compared to using the TnT jr vrs. HW19jr. VPI will predrill an armboard for the TNT.
As far as cartridge, I am still searchng. I use an older Benz Gold, but would like to see a Sumiko Celebration or Dynavector on the end of the ET.