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Cartridge recommendations
I am a recent fan of SoundSmith carts.  The sussuro is a great match for your tonearm 
MC suggestions
Did you receive the airtight? Post your impressions  
Cartridge Recommendation for VPI Prime
@mjb87062017   Your cartridge is actually one that shines in all the areas you say are deficient.  which leads me to a few things.Did you buy this new ?  maybe in needs a retip or service.most likely it is a setup issue.  Watch the videos on setup... 
Cartridge Selection
I agree on the Koetsu.  the compliance on a 3D arm is marginal at about 13hz resonance which is not the best.  you could use the sound smith ezmount screws and add some weight (probably the brass ones) to help the Koetsu along.  I have to respectf... 
Cartridge Selection
@gareents. I just purchased the Soundsmith Paua MKii for 2k which is half price since they had a cosmetic update they have been blowing them out at half price.I own the Ortofon Candenza Bronze and the Koestsu Black Goldline (which I used for 15 ye... 
Anyone hear the SS Paua Mk.II ES yet?
Benz Glider. It was great. Not in the same league as the SS 
Anyone hear the SS Paua Mk.II ES yet?
I have the Paua mkii. Got the half off deal and if you look hard you will still find it. This is the best cartridge that I have ever owned hands down. I had koetsu's ortofon cadenza bronze. Linn dynavector Benz etc. The ss is dynamic smooth has an... 
Cartridge Recommendations
+1 on the Soundsmith. I am using the Paua mkii and it was a revelation after using Koetsu’s, Dynavectors, Sumikos, Grado’s and Shure. There is a 50 percent off sale going on at Elusive Disc on some models including the Zephyr. you will be surprise... 
How much difference will a phono stage upgrade make?
+1 on the Chinook. I have had it for a couple of years with 3 cartridges. Superb  
Choosing the right cartridge....
I am a 30 year Koetsu user. When it came time to choosing a new cartridge I decided to go for am ortofon cadenza bronze. I may be in the minority but I really think the cartridge is meh for the price. The lower treble is dry and makes female voice... 
What do you think of your Soundsmith Cartridge
I have the Paua mkii. I had purchased a cadenza bronze and was not satsfied with the dry lower treble. The dynamics and Soundstage were OK but the Paua is in another league. Dynamics Soundstage are magnificent. More extended top to bottom. Voices ... 
WHAT TURNTABLE?
I own the Prime Signature with the unipivot arm.  It is really not as bad as people make it out to be.  you will get used to it.  I don't even think about it any more.I am running an Ortofon Cadenza Bronze which is a great match.wonderful table an... 
Looking for a New Cartridge
Browndt thank you. I also think that the soundsmith is a little not to my liking. I will see where I can audition the VDH. The problem with buying a new cart is it is a blind purchase most of the time. I am in the NY tri-state area and find it har... 
Looking for a New Cartridge
Thank you all for fantastic feedback. Dweller soundsmith is not my cup of tea. Heard the zephyr and paua. Viridian what arm matching issues might I have with the kiseki? Stringreen are you talking about the Anna?  
Aries 1 JWM 10 Tonearm replacement or upgrades?
@billandsol what did you end up doing?  I would highly recommend the 10" 3DR with the new Nordost wire. And whatever VTA base and mod you would need to get the right pivot to spindle distance.  I have the arm and it is amazing.