Try 1.4 grams.I have an SME III with the Grace F9E.A different cartridge?That's easy-A Shure V15 type 5.
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As a kid in high school, my SME III tonearm was my most prized audiophile possession next to my Magneplanar MG-Is.
I thought it was hypnotically beautiful and very well made.
At that time, my audio mentor suggested a Grado Signature cartridge which worked well and had midrange to die for.
I think I also had a Grace F9E, but used that more on a later turntable, my Yamaha PX-2.
Not sure about dampling fluid, but I think Flat Earth Audio may have some dealings in SME products.
Good luck and have fun.