Best 3/5 k non Rega cartridge for Rega Rp10

Who uses an MC cart between 3k and 5k max on a Rega Rp10. Non Rega ( so not Aphelion) ?
Wondering on a next eventual upgrade. I have for now a Lyra Delos and like the sound signature.
So my first idea would be a Lyra Kleos.
There is absolutely no rush for me. For now it’s more curiosity.
There is the new Hana Red . But have not heard it and don’t know if the Rega Rb2000 would be a good match.
Dynavector seems to be too low, 0,3 MV for my tubes phono. ( ?)
Some brands can be too heavy too, don’t want to add a special counterweight. And Rega philosophy is lightness…

Some ideas, personal experience?

ClearAudio, Benz, Koetsu, Van Den Hul. I had a Benz Ruby and a Van Den Hul Frog. Always wanted to try a Koetsu Rosewood

Koetsu are too heavy for a Rega Rb2000. Wonderful midrange but not enough involving.
VDH, why not.
Benz: not bad, but a bit mellow, without the magic of Koetsu.

I really liked the Frog.

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French…, my first thought was Hana Red or ML, that’s where I’d start.

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I have the EMT JSD 6. It is little on the heavy side but sounds just great.

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How does it compare to other cartridges? What would be the nearest brand for sound?

Oh, lovely. I’ve always wanted to hear one of those beauties!

Just checked: 1MV. It’s a high output MC? 18g mass !! It seems very heavy, not?

I wonder how would sound the Air Tight PC7. The top Air Tight are very highly rated.

Specifications:
Cantilever: Boron
Stylus Type: Microridge
Internal Impedance: 7 ohms (DCR)
Output Voltage: 0.6mV/1kHz
Tracking Force: 1.9-2.2 grams
Channel Balance: Within 0.5dB/1kHz
Weight: 9.6 grams

Mass / weight will be the killer i think, rega are all about mass, or should i say little mass/ weight.
The rega aphelion2 and apheta3 are only 6 grams

I tend to agree. My Delos is 7,3 gr and it works very nicely. Just need a little shim.
I had some years now a Rega P9. Had a Koetsu black ( 11 gr). Not the best match.
I would not choose a heavier than 9 gr cart with the Rega.

Apart, for now, a Lyra Kleos, Hanna Red, I see also the VDH the Canary.
On some forums, some find it a bit better vs the Lyra Etna ( the VDH the Colibri).

The canary:

Cellule à bobines mobiles

  • Pointe : taille VDH-I ; 2 x 85 µm
  • Réponse en fréquence : 5 Hz à 55 kHz
  • Force d’appui : 13,5 à 16 mN
  • Compliance : 35 µm/mN
  • Capacité de suivi (à 315 Hz à 15 mN) : 70 à 80 µm
  • Tension de sortie ( 1 kHz à 5,7 cm/s) : 0,55 mV
  • Diaphonie (1 kHz, 10 kHz) : > 35 dB ; > 30 dB
  • Déséquilibre entre canaux : < 0,3 dB
  • Angle de la pointe lectrice : 22°
  • Masse équivalente de la pointe : 0,32 mg
  • Poids : 8,2 g
  • Résistance de la bobine mobile, par canal : 36 Ω
  • Impédance de charge recommandée : 200 Ω
  • Masse du bras recommandée : 8 à 12 g

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