I finally got around to trying a Grado wood body cartridge. This is an old version, used Reference Sonata, nabbed on ebay for about what you can still pay for one of the cartridges listed above new or used at auction. The current version sells for $600. First of all: there is not even the slightest hint of the dark Grado sound that I can hear from the Prestige and Prestige1 line. The Prestige2 line is not as dark as those, but this has NONE. It’s delicate, smooth, airy and detailed with a huge soundstage and and depth. Easily up with some of the best moving coil cartridges I’ve heard. High end is as effortless and any magnetic cartridge gets. Note: Mine even has sort of a crushed cantilever (couldn’t see it on the auction photos) which may even hamper performance, so I’ll be sending it back and definitely looking for another one or maybe I’ll get a new V2 version. But I really want the low output version, which is more spendy. Secondly—it’s very easy to set up. What’s more to say there? No fiddling with long horns, no negative SRA, no futzing with VTF—I just set it up at 1.5g level with the playing surface and that was it. As for Grado dance, I don’t see any, but I’ve got fluid damping and, well, this cantilever is compromised. Oddly for Grado, bass could be a little better, but this might be where having a flattened cantilever is causing problems. I’d retip it, but I’m going for a refund. I didn’t expect to write a report since it was broken, but darn, it sounded good! Couldn’t help myself.