I would LOVE to hear that 2M Black, they're supposed to be amazing.
I have a Thorens TD-160 Super with the SME arm and a Denon DL-160 cart, I'm planning on sending it to soundsmith to be retipped before too long. For me, it was Tommy that sealed it for me. I used to listen to that all the time on CD, I dropped the needle on that, and was in love. Also, my copy of Melon Collie by the pumpkins, blows me away, not even comparable to the CD. Most classic rock was mixed and mastered for the LP, and then redone for the CDs. LPs can handle so much less range compression and everything else, that the sound is so much more natural. I am off at school now, so I listen exclusively to digital stuff, but you can be sure one of my favorite things to do when I get home each time is to drop the needle, sit in the sweet spot, and just rock out.
The 2M Black is an amazing cartridge, the Shibata stylus plays a big role in it's great sound, it's very detailed wich means it can also be ruthless with bad vinyls.It definately doesn't make chicken soup out of chicken poop.
By the way, you might not be an expert, but i believe that the advices you gave Fockers are right on the money.