Try an SPU Royal N. This fits your criteria. Fits any tonearm and mounts like a normal cartridge. Uses the famous Replicant stylus tip. The Royal N is available in a regular SPU headshell and by itself.
Name a "universally applicable" cartridge and you will name one that does not work optimally in any tonearm. Reminds me of "one size fits all" clothes; actually, one size fits none. I would also argue that the 103 is harder to match with an arm due to its lowish compliance and low weight, as opposed to the SPU series which is low compliance and high weight. Have you heard an SPU?
Prcinka, that is exactly what I mean: why does it have to be so exotic? Can't we go "normal"? Do we care so much for "tradition"? Is it (again) driven by emotion and the urge to go back to those good old times?
Marty, the SPU with the Fidelity Research FR-66S (which I also own = the very exotic combination Prcinka mentioned) sounds quite neutral, a bit soft in the treble. It is not the most dynamic or agile sounding cart. I think I can get the same type of sound with a Rega RB 900 + Grado cart.
Dazzdax, you seem to be forgetting that you are buying a dinosaur from the 50's that has the specific " SPU sound" that was used in radio station to get more presence coming thru.
that is a forward bump in the 200 to 1500 hz frequency.
This makes it wonderful for vocals, small ensembles, piano, even early beatles stuff
It is not a everyday cartridge if you listen to rock, pop or muisc with large dynamics.
God my SPU sounds crap with electronic or alternative rock music, but heavenly with Jazz like Ella Fitzgerald
Dazzdax said "Some of them are stuck in the 1930's with their Goto compression drivers and big horn systems."
What's wrong with compression drivers and big horn systems? Many modern systems use compression drivers and horns too, including the studios that recorded your music!
It's such a blanket statement to immediately think people who use compression drivers and horns are nostalgia fetishists. Perhaps, err, they sound good? And even if they are nostalgic, so what? This is a hobby after all, isn't it? Have fun.