I like the Goldring 1042 for MM, around $350 retail new. You may be able to use a high output MC like a Dynavector 10x4 or 10x5 for a similar retail price. Both are nice cartridges.
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I agree with the Grado recommendation. A Grado model may not match certain aspects of resolution, "hyper"-detail or frequency extension of some other cartridges in its competitive price range, but overall it may well give a better balance of: natural midrange, accurate timbre and accurate reproduction of harmonic overtones, good soundstage reproduction and overall musicality. If you listen primarily to acoustic music and need a higher output cartridge, the balance of virtues that a Grado offers can be hard to beat.
Thanks all for your responses. My "in the meantime" may be rather shorter than I thought as I may have just gotten hold of a Benz Micro PP-1 MC phono stage (next 2 days will tell).
However, another "problem" has cropped up. My local audio store (in Tokyo) has just told me that the (J-shaped arm with removable headshell) SAEC 407/23 arm was "low effective mass" requiring a high compliance cart, in contradiction with what seems to be the "accepted view" over on archived AA threads.
Does anyone have an effective mass number for this tonearm? The specs I can find are as follows:
Nominal Length 311mm (321mm max)
Effective length 233mm (pivot to stylus tip)
Combined cart/headshell weight 23.5-33.5g
Tracking Force: 0-2.5g
Can anyone tell me what compliance cartridge would work best with the 407/23 arm if I went directly for an MC?
Thanks in advance,