Thanks...what carts MM would you recommend for my rega plannar 3?
I'm one of those audiogonners that prefer Vintage MM cartridges from the Golden Age Of Analog. I was a bit disappointed with very expensive modern LOMC cartridges (but i paid my dues to try them) and i discovered some old gold. Thanks to audiogon contributors, almost every MM/MI cartridges have been discussed on audiogon over the years. 10 years ago those forgotten MM cartridges were cheap, today they are not so cheap anymore (this is the only problem), some people use audiogon as a guide to the world of vintage MM and MI.
Personally i'm a big fan of Stanton and Pickering cartridges, but they made so many models, i don't want to talk about entry level models, i'd like to mention about 3 models from the top for each brand. If it's Stanton then 881, 980 and 981. My favorite, however, is Stanton CS-100 WOS (collector's series 100). If it's Pickering then XSV-3000, 4500, 7500. Those cartridges with Stereohedron and Stereohedron II diamonds are real killers! Mr.Stanton bought the company from Mr.Pickering. Both passed away long time ago, but Mr.Stanton sold his company when he retired. There is nothing interesting coming from Stanton under new ownership, only cheap professional cartridges. But in the 70's/80's Stanton designed some amazing cartridges, only MM and MI. You can use them on your tonearm, they are normally no more than 30cu @10Hz, some models have lower compliance.
More very interesting cartridges coming from Japan:
Victor (overseas branded JVC) models like Victor X-1IIe and X-1II, those cartridges are mid compliance and perfect for the arm you have. They have very strong reputation, search audiogon and you will find why.
Audio-Technica is also great cartridges with many unique features, the AT-ML 150, 170 and 180 is what i like a lot, but the top models like AT-ML180 are very expensive today (and very rare).
Grace is very popular, my personal choice is hard to find LEVEL II and F14, but more affordable is F-9 and almost everyone is happy with it, depends on the stylus profile.
There are more unknown cartridges that i like, but i don't think you will find anything about them online.