Whats the best MC cartridge for my new VPI SCOUT?

Finally bought one and am looking for a good cartridge. Say under $800.00...or is that too much for a SCOUT with the stock 9" arm? Also, I will need a step up device to use into my MAC preamp. I awaite my enlightenment with baited breath.

Hi, Well, if it was 8 years ago, I'd probably recommend the Benz Glider Cartridge, but since then, there are many good cartridges around this same price level that will compete with the Glider, and most likely, many here will tell you will exceed the Glider's performance.

Still, the Glider no doubt continues to sell quite well, and I hope other will give tou good altenatives in this price range.

I suppose there are good step up transformers to be had, but you probably won't find the versatility of one versus a good external Phono Pre-Amp.

To get the goodies, and the sound one seeks, one sometime has to spend more than what they first originally estimated.

I highly recommend using A-Gon to purchase goods from other members here. Many of the hi-end gurus here change equipment like I change socks (God bless them!)

Mucho equipment trading hands here every day at a great savings. I myself have already spent $1,000's on a few purchases, and they were all great buys, with great, honest sellers. Mark
I don't know about the best but I use a Dynavector Karat 17D2 MkII, (could they come up with a longer name?), with excellent results on my Scoutmaster, (used it on my Scout before I upgraded). It's fast, tonally neutral and very quiet. I use it with a Dynavector P-75 phono stage in phono enhancer mode. Very nice from my perspective and I think it's in your price range. Good luck.

I think the Dynavector line would be a very good place to start, look at your phono stage as this will also play a part in your decision. I used to have a Dynavector 10X5 and it is a great musical cart. if you need higher output, the 17D2MKII is also a nice cart. I did go from the 10X5 to a shelter 501 which I like a lot more but was very happy with the dyn. VPI also seems to like dynavector with their tables.