Need some cartridge advise please.

Hello all, 

  I have a Basis 1400 with the Rega RB 900 tonearm.  I am currently using a Benz Micro Glider cartridge that is at least 15-16 years old.  My phono pre is a Rockford Fozgate Signature.  I am sure it is time to replace/retip the cartridge.  I have no local dealers to ask or demo.  
  If anyone could offer suggestions for a cartridge that would work well with my setup would be appreciated.  I listen to mostly classic rock. I could probably spend up to $1500.  Thank you in advance for any input.

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Dynavector KARAT17D2 mkII with 1.7mm Diamond cantilever and MicroReach stylus tip. Excellent for your tonearm! 

read about Dynavector philosophy in this interview

and my old thread on audiogon  
Mid mass tonerms designed for mid compliance cartridges.

Genre of music doesn't matter at all, any good cartridge must reproduce all genres equally, if one cartridge reproduce rock better than jazz this cartridge is BS. If a cartridge can reproduce the most complicated passages ( a lot of instruments at the same time) then it is a very good cartridge.  

If fact it shouldn't be an MC, because MM have much better tracking abilities and sounds like a master tape, especially this XSV/4000 or related Stanton cartridges. Victor X1IIe or Sony XL50 are great too... There are many more. 

But if you want an MC make sure to check Dynavector KARAT series with diamond cantilever, this is amazing cartridge for mid/light mass tonearms. 

Unfortunately all dealers have very limited choice of cartridges these days. Their margine is huge on LOMC and very little of MM, guess what they are pushing?