Grado does some things well, and some things not so well. The first to go an an older cartridge is the low end....the suspension stiffens.
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I've been looking into having it re-tipped/rebuilt by Soundsmith. I like the idea of having a line-contact stylus, especially with how fanatical I am becoming about analog. I want to get the most out of the work I have put into cleaning my records and tweaking my system. The prices are pretty reasonable to boot. It seems like there's a good chance of getting my cartridge back sounding better than when I first got it.
For what its worth, I noticed my new Grado Gold does not have the impact of a lowly Black I compared it to. I think the "better" pricer grados can have less impact than the cheaper carts with larger stylus tip and simpler cantilever. I believe Neil Levinson, audio reviewer for Fanfare magazine many years ago preferred wider stylus tips such as the simpler elliptical and conical styli shapes.
Also, larger stylus footprint tracks older, wider-groove LPs better than fine-line types. In my opinion, Grados are very stable over time, they do not have a rubber suspension that degrades, although suspension may still soften after use-- so you may just prefer the cheaper Grados in your system.