VPI recommends Dynavector; I have used Denon 304s and AT 33EVs on VPIs with good results.
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Dynavector is a great choice. VPI has worked with Soundsmith on a model geared towards their tonearms. I've had great success with a Van Den Hul Colibri on my TNT6-HR, but wouldn't recommend to someone just getting back in after a 25yr. hiatus.
Whatever you consider, please understand which loading options your phono stage has available and get a cart that runs at one of those values. The best in the world won't sound good if you can't load it correctly! Cheers,
Hi and Happy New Year! I own the VPI Classic. Not sure about your budget. But based on my experience, I can endorse Dynavector and the Sound Smith VPI Zephyr. I have read many success stories with the Benz LPS, but it's a $5K carty.
My only caution is that even though VPI will "officially" tell you that the JMW unstabilized uni-pivot can match well with pretty much any carty on the market, that was not my experience. Pull my threads to check my history. My advice is stick with you know works - check the other member's threads. But, I own the DV 20X H and the Zephyr and they do work!