If this were my question, I'd cut through the noise and send a PM to member Rauliruegas. From past threads, he seems quite knowledgeable about MM carts...especially vintage carts, and is happy to make recommendations.
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I realize the Stanton 681EEE is not a "High end" Cartridge but recently picked up a nice Thorens TD 124 ( mk1 ) and it came with a Stanton 681EE and I am extremely pleased with the Match with the SME series2 arm...I am thinking about one of the Grado wood bodies..I tend to like a lttle of the sweetness that the Stanton provides and hoping to match that sweetness in my next cartridge......
Never heard of Stanton. I will look.
Tvad, actually I did ask Raul this q ~1 yr ago and while he gave a wonderful response most if not all of the carts he reced were in fact "vintage" (no longer produced). But I should have another thorough go-thru of that mail.
I really hated Grado carts on modern arms but on the 3009 it might be a completely different story.
Paul, I completely glossed over the new production requirement. My fault.
In case you haven't looked at the Tonearm Database and link to the sister site, Cartridge Databse, here's a link. Lots of useful tools for matching tonearms and cartridges.
Also, another resource for new cartridge sales and info is KAB Electro Acoustics. Kevin is quick to answer questions.
I recently posted the same question. There are actually many options in current production. Ortofon made a high compliance cartridge, the 540 MkII, that is still available off of EBay (and I went with it). Apparently the 540 was among Ortofon's top MMs until they replaced it with the 2M Black. Soundsmith offers essentially all of their cartridges in a high compliance cartridges version. Benz makes some that are not exactly high compliance, but have compliances within the range that will work with the SME3009.