Thank you for your advice everyone;So time has passed and I am finally ready to upgrade my AT VM95E.
Systemdek IIX RB250 arm with Michell technoweight & VTA adjuster.(cork/rubber mat)Origin Live DC motor & ultra speed control.GS communicator 2+ PSU. Naim Nait 5i. Monitor Audio GS10.
AUDIO TECHNICA VM750SH
GRADO Gold 3
From what I can gather the phono amp is lean,Amp neutral light on bass thump but defined.These statements please contradict etc; I listen to rock blues jazz acoustic and world little classical. Warm cartridges Grado Goldring , Punchy Nagaoka, AT clinical detailed ???
Thank you all.I am going for GOLD it will run RINGs around my budget audio technica.And if i recall back in the day when i unknowingly fell upon;( metaphorically later literally ) and bought my first turntable a second hand Thorens TD150 for a bunch of 10ners, and that was 42 years ago the answer to everything back then was 42. We are all spinning there’ll be a bit of flutter setting it up but then comes the WOW! You were the Tipping Point !!!
Now I have calmed down….Thank you all for your advice ! I have chosen a Goldring 1042 because the quality of the stylus and a good price (378€) Furthermore I am guessing this cartridge will be the best match for my Gram amp2 and Nait5i. Should I be thinking of upgrading the arm to an Audiomods Classic III tonearm (£695) or a better GS phonostage:Reflex (£695).I am curious as to what you think is the weak point in my system ? a cheaper option would be an Incognito re-wire. I have read that I may have upgraded the cartridge beyond the capacity of my set up to fully realise the cartridges potential. Thank you for your time and experience, much appreciated.
I ran a 1022 and 1042 (different stylus, same Roksan Corus blue body) on a Systemdek IIXE 900/Tabriz for years - I don’t think it’s overkill.
I also added a GS Accession phono stage to that setup whilst auditioning Systemdek replacements, and was very impressed by the uplift over its predecessors (the XS built in stage, and a Stageline N). I wouldn’t worry about what you suggest at all, I suspect it will sound lovely, and make a noticeable improvement. [edit: I mean after the stylus replacement I think I’d stick, leave the phono stage and arm for a while]
Even after all that, I would say your system doesn’t have an obvious weak point. I’d sit tight and buy more records
I did consider maxing out my own Systemdek, but decided on replacing it instead. Careful auditioning if you do, I ended up with a 1200G and DV 10x2 to appreciably improve on it. I wasn’t completely convinced by a Vertere DG1/magneto when I auditioned them back to back.