Check out the Dynavector 17D3 phono cartridge. I think that it will be my next cartridge.
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What are you using for a phono preamp?
(I ask, because you might not have enough gain for the Shelter 501, which has a pretty low output, as I recall.)
As far as a recommendation, the Shelter 90X works great, (it has fantastic bass response!), and if you don't mind buying used, you can sometimes find one for really close to $1,000.00 (As a matter of fact, I just sold mine for $1,000 a couple of months ago.) FYI, the output of the 90X is greater than the 501, so it is easier to drive.
I second the Dynavector 17D III. Recently installed it on my Lenco/Rega and it is excellent throughout the the freqs. Beware that it is a tad finnicky to set up. The "cantilever" is unusually short and part of the stylus itself. It barely clears the surface of the LP so VTA is critical.
I have had very good results with the Deonon 103 and they are cheap.
A Decca Super Gold, about $1,100.00. Big Fat P-R-A-T. Amazing extended mid and low bass. Drums and cymbals sound extremely life-like. Huge 3-D soundstage. Digs deep into the grooves uncovering detail you didn't know was there. It will get your pulse racing.It loves UK rock pressings. Has a very very high output, 5mV. I had to have the output changed(lowered) in my Audio Research Phono Pre to accommodate this puppy, but it was well worth it. It rocks yet does all the other music as well.
Whatever you get do, take your time and do your research. Google and lurk the forums. There are always less expensive options such as MM's.
I have used the 17D3 (what i am using currently) as well as the DL103R and plain DL103...I would suggest that for rock n' roll the 103R may be right up your alley - it has great presence and dynamics. it will also allow you to save a few bucks for more LP's!
I must add that the Dynavector is quite hard to beat at its' price point, and fits for all types of music.
Dear Overhang: I read some of your old posts ( two years ago ) and after those early problems and after 100 hours on that cartridge you was satisfied with its quality performance, what happen since then? do you make " heavy " changes to your analog audio chain system?
If not, IMHO the problem of the today poor cartridge performance could be in the today cartridge suspension condition, this could be part of the problem.
Regards and enjoy the music.