Get a DS audio cartridge. With the sale of the Manley and the Koetsu,you could get a W3 Cartridge and a 003 energizer, you will never look back.
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I noticed several references to price in your OP. I would suggest NOT basing any such decisions with price as a measure of quality. Double or triple the price doesn’t equate to quality or performance…IMHO. Many here will disagree. But there seems to be no rhyme or reason to support a price/performance link in high end audio
It seems you know well the characteristics you seek. I’m sure you’ll get many good recommendations at many price points. I happen to have the Hana ML and am pleased with it…depending on the quality of the pressing on the platter. And there is vast difference between recordings. So much so that you may love a cartridge when it’s the recording that is providing the magic. I suppose I’m showing my frustration with analog. No consistency in vinyl media. A great recording will give chills while the next album in the que can make your ears bleed.
Hey, Another option and in your price range is the new Hana Umami Blue. It retails for $2500. Hana ML is an incredible cartridge.
I had a PU 7 for years. Great arm.
I think you are headed down the wrong path. Moving coil cartridges do not come into their own until you get to the $5000 mark and my favorite MCs are all in the $10,000 range. With your phono stage I think you would be thrilled with the Soundsmith Voice. It is seriously superior to any of the bottom line Hanas. It has Soundsmith's best stylus and a ruby cantilever. It is one of the best tracking cartridges I have ever heard and I greatly preferred it to a Clearaudio Charisma I had. My old Voice is now driving a pair of Magico S7 speakers at a friend's house and he is thrilled with it. It sounds a lot like the MC Diamond I have. It is a great match for your arm and phono stage.
I confess I initially was underwhelmed with the Soundsmith Sussurro MkII ES, but I have to eat my words. Since I last tried it I have gone back to my old phono stage (a Quad 24p) and I have mounted it on a better tonearm (SME IV) and now it gives the London Decca Reference a run for its money. Very lively indeed. Better than the MP-500, even.
So take the suggestion of The Voice seriously!