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To really get a sense of the effect of resistance loading on a LOMC cartridge, try the extremes, and the (available) increments between them. You'll find that the optimal loading for your system becomes clear. The trick is to listen to a variety of music at each setting. Take some time to listen for impressions of the overall sound, and the nuances of tonal balance, soundstage, articulation, etc.; unless it sounds awful, then quickly move on. '-)
Since you are into modding, I would suggest that when you have determined the loading you like, change the loading resistors to Vishay VAR. Give it an hour for your ears to adjust to everything you are hearing (and not hearing!), and enjoy, enjoy.
A word though: VAR resistors are about the most fragile things you are likely to have worked with. If you must bend a lead, use pliers on the resistor end to immobilize the resistor-lead junction, otherwise you will have a useless blob or two. Good luck!