Decided that my old AR XB turntable (which I'm trying to sell) running an almost-as-old Audio Technica Lab Series LS500 microline moving magnet cartridge had convinced me that I needed to upgrade the Ortofon Quintet Blue moving coil cartridge with nude elliptical stylus.
My dealer is such a straight-up guy. My inclination was to go with the Ortofon Cadenza Bronze to get that. He stocks Ortofon, Audio Technica, Denon, and Hana cartridges. After much discussion, I settled on the hand-assembled and tested Hana ML moving coil cartridge. The AT & Denon choices were very good and a little less coin. The Ortofon Cadenza Bronze was 2x the money. It took me a little over 1/2 an hour to dismount the Quintet Blue, mount the Hana ML, align it, set the VTA and the azimuth, and calibrate the tracking force to 2.0 grams.
What a lovely sound! Suddenly there's deeper bass with more detail, richer mid-range, and smoother treble. More channel separation, and space, tracking is sure (though that was never a problem with the Quintet Blue either.) It's far less tolerant of any contamination deep in the grooves, so I'll only run records that have been run through the ultrasonic cleaner. It's a keeper!