Actually, I was working towards a path for the future where algloom could upgrade the cartridge to one of those Audio Technica cartridges (low output MC) or the Dynavector 10X5 (high output MC). I have had a AT-OC9 and it is s w e e t. At the moment I have a Dynavector Karat D17MK2 in my Pro-ject Perspective (which I'm going to sell but without cart; unfortunately mine is a bit above budget and I'n not really keen on sending it by post).
The best path is to get a good TT+arm that can carry a good MC cart. The MC + MC-phono (or MM-phono + transformer which is even better) comes later when you are ready to upgrade. Then maybe a seperate motor control (Pro-ject speedbox isn't that expensive) or better cabling (direct from cart to phono-pre). Then later still you can consider a better TT, a really good one, and you can keep the cart. You can upgrade to a better phono-pre any time. That's allways a sensible upgrade. Just like a stable base. But that you can make yourself very easyly: take a slab of stone, put it on 2 spikes on the front and foam or a spring or an airpocket or w/e that you can use as a soft damped spring on the back and you're set. You can tune the very low resonance frequency by moving the spikes closer to the edge or closer to the centre of gravity (like the swing on a coocoo-clock or weight on a metronome).
Edited by ]eep - 6/27/12 at 7:26pm