You've run some pretty fancy MC's, but the _______ MM cartridge really impressed me

Fill in the blank above. If you wish, feel free to mention what MC or MC's you have used. 


I am a long-time Grado fan, but they sometimes hum, resisting all kinds of grounding schemes. Even 50 years ago Grado cartridges were simply incompatible with some turntables, the AR being one. Hana EH $450 SH $750 or MH $1200 for an elliptical, Shibata, or microline stylus. I have an SH running on a VPI JMW Memorial 10.5" arm, whose lower tracing error and dial-in arm height make the otherwise very critical setup of any Shibata or Microline stylus a lot easier. While the gain is a little lower than a MM cartridge, the sound is otherwise as close to flawless as I have experienced. My one complaint is the lack of tapped mounting holes, easily remedied by carefully running a 4-40 tap through the existing smooth holes. For the money, or even a lot more, the Hana line are exceptional cartridges.

My old Signet TK 10 ML was wonderful.

My old Signet TK 10 ML was wonderful.

I currently using Audio Technica ART9Xi. 

the Signet ran on an old ADS table for years. 
then moved to a Rega Planar 3 for a year or two before moving to the Audio Technica AT-ART9xi. 

love them both. 

The My Sonic Lab Hyper MC in my main system/turntable offers great detail. But with that wealth of detail, it also offers plenty of body. But I’m sure there will be trade offs for a HO cart in this price range. So with that, I’m just looking for something tonally communicative, with amply body. My Charisma (wood/ruby cantilever) denon 103 has some real mojo for an MC under $1000. So it will be interesting to see if I can find this with a HO cart.