....I had read in the recent past (a few years ago) that the Audio Technica AT95E was comparable to Linn's higher priced K5 and K9 cartridges, but at a mere fraction of the cost - approx $49.95 from one dealer (NOTE: Linn's K series cartridges were also manufactured by Audio Technica and had a slightly different external shape so the replacement styli would have to be purchased through Linn dealers). Someone figured out that the AT95E styli did fit the K5 and K9 cartridges, but left a gap in front (apparently not affecting the performance). The stylus is a bonded shank elliptical type (while the Linn K9 was likely a better nude shank elliptical). Actually, in the 80s, before Linn's K-series cartridges were introduced, a yellow stylus version of the AT95E was offered with the Linn logo (known as the Linn Basik cartridge, which was a freebie with the purchase of the Linn Basik tonearm - not sure if theirs was an elliptical or conical stylus version though). ....On the plus side, this cartridge should be a reasonably good performer for the price (not sure if it is discounted further than the $49.95 I've seen it for, though I've seen a conical stylus? "grey" version several years ago for cheap - may or may not have been the same cartridge body). ....As for other choices, for about $20 less (around $25-30), one could get the Audio Technica AT92E universal cartridge (P mount with 1/2 inch adaptor). For a mere $20 more than the AT95E ($69.95), one could get the much nicer AT120E or AT120E/T (which has gold plated connectors and a nude shank elliptical stylus). For $20 or $30 more than that, (often priced to around $89.95 to $99.95) one could go with the Audio Technica AT440MLa. ....Unless one were to find an exceptional closeout deal on another brand (as I had with a private label batch of Ortofon made/designed P-mount cartridges - long story there), I'd say any of the AT brand cartridges above are well worth considering for a quality entry-level system. Best of all, they seem to work great with many entry level and intermediate systems. ....Others worth mentioning are the Shure M97xE, Ortofon OM10 (can be upgraded with the Stylus 20, 30, or 40 at a later time). Perhaps the Stanton 680 HiFi. Other than that, I can't readily think of any others that might offer a good value. The GRADO might be another choice and are often reasonably priced too, BUT one must be careful with them - they may not work well with certain tonearms and will have the dreaded "Grado hum" if paired up with a turntable that has an unshielded synchronous motor or psu.