Thanks to everyone, Have any of you heard anything about the Clearaudio Aurum Beta Mark II?
I have owned an Aurum Beta and, until I accidentally killed it last week, an Aurum Beta S (you are all encouraged to post on my thread asking about replacements, BTW ;) )
The Betas are very good MM carts IMHO. They do not have the effortless finess of some megabuck carts, of course, but are very sound and well rounded. Properly set up with good gear they can sound open, dynamic, and reasonably neutral. In terms of tracking, they weren't as sturdy as some but certainly held their own. Read my note about arm matching below, though.
I am not very familiar with your arm so do check and make sure that it would be a proper match. My Betas were honestly a bit too heavy and high cu for my particular arm; not sure about yours.
If it will play nice with your arm, I would say the Aurum Betas are worth considering. I can vouch for their distributor, Musical Surroundings--I've gotten great service from them, as well as my dealer, Gene Rubin.