Cart advice for Thorens TD160 and TP16
I fear my ten-year-old Ortofon MC3 Turbo is coming to the end of its useful life, seeing that the stylus is non-replaceable. It was never a great match for the TP16 anyway and I only bought it because a local dealer was clearing-out his carts on the cheap and he was happy to take my equally-knackered MC10 in part-ex (which he probably binned).
The chances of being able to afford anything before new-year are slim: two paydays before Xmas and presents to buy for two kids (joys of being a parent eh). None the less, I might as well start drawing-up a shortlist.
I guess my budget will be about £250. I have no preference MM or MC as the Cyrus II amp I use as a phono-stage is equally happy with either.
I suppose what I need to know is (1) the carts which will be mechanically suited to the Thorens in terms of weight and compliance, and (2) what their different sonic characteristics are.