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Resurrecting an old audio system, need phono cartridge help.


I am resurrecting one of my old audio systems from back in the 80's and I am looking for some help/guidance with the phono cartridge.

The turntable is a Rega Planar 3 with a Linn Basic LVX tonearm. The cartridge is missing the cantilever and I have no idea of the brand. It's a metal case with a grey "nose" on the front. I suspect it's a Linn, possibly a K9, but don't know for sure as there are no markings on the body other than "Japan" on the body.

I'm open to a stylus replacement or replacing the entire cartridge with a $250 budget.

The turntable will be feeding a Hafler DH-110 preamp, a DH-220 amp, and a pair of PSB speakers.

The Ortofon 2M Blue won't fit the Linn headshell so that's out.

Also, I read the Grado's are susceptible to hum from the Rega's motor. I have no idea how factual this is.

Suggestions and reccomendations?

Thanks in advance.

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