I have read many people that state the Dynavector 20X-L is a great match. I have to agree.
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Unlike Jeffreybowman2k, I never got the best out of the Music Maker III (I just sold it last week). I haven't had much success with Grado's either, just sold one of those too!
If you like the presentation of the Shure V15-series, they can be nice. Not everyone's piece of cake, but the Shure sounds incredibly neutral, but perhaps lacking the sweetness of many other carts. I have an extra armwand with a Shure in it, for certain records.
Overall, I'm very fond of the sound of the Shelter 901 with mine. The VPI table tends to sound a bit soft, so the extra zip that the 901 offers is a good match with the table (thanks to Jay at Audio Revolution for pointing this out to me).
Hope this helps!
At present, I'm using a Garrott Optim FGS. It tracks very well, handles warped discs with equanimity (unlike the Grado Sonata that preceded it.) It sounds very well balanced and leaves little to be be desired IMHO. Whether I play Rock, Jazz, or Classical, it delivers satisfying music. Since installing it, I never bother to look at cartridge listing on Audiogon anymore, so I suppose that says a great deal! OK, ONE improvement does come to mind. For a cartridge that sells for a grand, it is one cheap looking cartridge. That can be said of the Music Maker as well in my opinion.
My friend has this table with an EVOII or 3, can't remember. Sounds very good and he is considering an upgrade in the phono stage. I personally think that he should upgrade to a good MC first and then the phono. I think it will better help him in making the subtle differences in phono stages more apparent IMO. How do you others feel about this. Much has been said about the Blackbird on this table but I can't see it being a huge jump in improvement over the EVO.