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That does it: you will all have to endure my hand drawn graphs (and I am terrible with drawing etc ), as I have no time or intention to master some computer wizardry required to produce "present day normally" looking graphs generated by computer.  If even the manuals mix apples with asparaguses - no wonder poor audiophiles make even substantially greater mess out of it all ...
Time for a self reflection; audiophiles *might* not be likable/lovable at some places ...   http://www.skratchlounge.com/index.php?/topic/8464-has-anyone-done-a-carbon-fiber-turntable-platter-rubber-mats/
I find the advice by dosley01 a post above right on the money. With your choices in music styles, the cart does need really good trackability - treble content in all the genres mentioned can be quite taxing. Thank goodness you did not mention the toughest of them all, the Chinese opera .... Nothing against it, but it is the ultimate b***h to record and reproduce accurately. I would throw Audio Technica 440MLa and 150MLX in the mix. I can sympathize with you regarding...
Ask yourself first what kind of sound you are after. What you are familiar with, what you heard at other places and liked, what made you to run away but didn't out of sheer politeness - etc.I know you like female vocals and that can be bete noire of MCs in the lower price range. MMs are load picky - and if you can not present them with the correct load, they can sound pretty strange. Please remind me of the phono input resistance(s) and capacitance(s) and/or any imput load...
681EEE is not that high compliance cart. It is very good indeed, but not quite to the level of which Black Widow is capable of. 881S, 980/981S and particularly Epoch II series, specially LZ9S , would have been formidable Stantons with the BW. The Ortofon LM would actually be preffered to the OM (later version of LM) with BW and as always, the higher the stylus # with Ortofon, the better. This rule might have one exception : Stylus 20 can sound really good under right...
I have really hard time understanding you. On one hand, a man who has been in (classical) music most/all of his (pre)adult life, with a very well formed opinion on music, musicians, performances, etc - not far removed from my own - and on the other hand, the obvious inability to use analog to its fullest. You would not be claiming figures above, at least not for the best releases, both for analog software and hardware. I certainly am aware of the limitations imposed by...
   Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you've got any guts.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WDDVTUu3_A   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rod79YwW4PA   Above machines are 4K+$ - therefore not surprising to find DIY approach like   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bLMISNRRrk
I *guess* I decided to digest those LP Private style first.  Although I do enjoy chatting about several different recordings of the same work ( in those cube there were plenty examples of those...), I would like to point out that first they have to be: 1. Scout listened using low cost but still good quality cart - for any "boobytraps" that might threaten damage to $$$ cart. I did find one ... so far.2. In case of double/multiple recordings of the same work, at least...
One of the best recordings - ever. 
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