Do Level 3 Soundsmith retip for $350 before going any further.
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I use Pickering XV15/D750 stylus when I have to wait for my Shelter501 re-tipped. It's a great cheap substitute as an idea.
I'm not fan of tube stages and I favor a lot versatility and adjustability of such. For that I'd recommend Violectric PPa V600 that only available from Germany currently. Not sure if there are any Violectric dealers in USA or anywhere you dwell. Not sure also if you will consider this one as an upgrade(it's in fact probably lower priced $1400), but with features of adjustability you may be able to achieve greater results. It's also fully deferentially balanced(no snit) if you have balanced components down the chain. The balanced connection for the cartridge is 5-din connector that uses +,- for each channel plus one ground din that is easy to reconnect in any tonearms.
Check to decide: http://www.violectric.de/produktdetails/product/PPA_V600.html
There some info here on 'gon about it that it's despite to ridiculously low price GIANT killer. Under the top cover user friendly adjustments of input capacitance and load impedance as well.