excellent TT please do use it and enjoy the freebie. This and other Sony models were built very well and are very competitive in today's market.
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Yes, it's a nice table. My only suggestion would be to have a tech go through it to check the power supply and replace any out-of-spec caps. I have a minty Sony PS-X5 that really could use the attention I suggest above. Maybe $150 to $200 parts and labor. It will be money well spent.
Regarding your cartridge selection, you can get a lot of sound for not a lot of money (your specific choice depends on the capabilities of your phono stage). Ortofon, Denon, Audio Technica, etc.
Without independently verifying myself, I found this advice on another site:
The PS-X7 has a arm with ~15gr. eff. mass. I think you look what cartridges are available with a dynamic compliance between 10 to 17 10-6cm/Dyne at 10Hz...
Lots of options, including...
Audio Technica AT33EV
Ortofon - 2M Bronze
...plus, there's always the option to call Peter @ sound-smith.com. Not sure what your price-point for a cart is (I made an assumption for the links above) or what your phono stage can handle.
Word on the street is the stock headshell is quite heavy. You may want to try a lighter one at some point.