I love playing records, and I am thoroughly enjoying my current setup with a Technics SL-1200G (with KAB fluid damper). One thing I love about the Technics turntables is the ease with which one can swap different cartridges to get a different sound. I have four Technics headshells now with various cartridges mounted, along with a Concorde Pro S 40, and I've done a lot of swapping cartridges to hear the differences. As my journey in this hobby continues I've learned that one of my biggest pet-peeves with vinyl playback is mis-tracking. Some time ago I realized that the more advanced stylus shapes -- like micro ridge, micro line, Fritz Gyger, etc. -- are better at tracing the inner grooves and minimizing inner groove distortion, as well as retrieving more detail. However, what is generally overlooked is that the stylus suspension plays a crucial role in being able to track highly-modulated passages in the center of the stereo image, like loud vocals. I've had two moving coil cartridges, a Benz Micro Wood SL and a Clearaudio Concept MC (both have a micro ridge or micro line), and neither could track nearly as well as my KAB Ortofon Pro S 40 or an 80s Stanton 981, which have styli with a larger side radius. The Stanton's Stereohedron stylus has a side radius of 8µm, which is more than double a micro ridge, yet it tracks literally anything with aplomb, including tracing tight inner grooves. Tracking specs no longer seem to be a priority for reviewers or manufacturers, but Ortofon and Benz both list their figures. The spec sheet that came with my Benz shows a micro ridge stylus at 3 x 60µm and lists tracking ability at 315 Hz of 80µm at 2 grams (even though "optimum tracking force" is listed at 1.7-1.8 grams). The Ortofon 40 stylus (an FG70 at 5 x 7 µm) shows either 90µm at 1.5 grams, or 95 µm, depending on where you look on their website [Note that Ortofon took a step backward with the 2M Black which only tracks to 80µm at 1.5 grams]. The Stanton 981 (Stereohedron stylus at 8 x 71µm) can track to 100µm at only 1 gram! Unfortunately, Stanton cartridges and their styli are long out-of-production, and NOS styli are costly and scarce, with generic replacements generally falling short of the stock specs. I've never owned one, but I understand the no-longer-avaiable Shure V15 was a similar great tracker at a low weight. With the recent thread by @Bill Hart on stylus life I started to question whether my Benz was mis-tracking due to wear. I haven't kept track, and because I've swapped cartridges a bit it's hard to get an average, but it can't have more than 500-600 hours since I bought it in October 2017, which is far below the 1,000 hours one can supposedly get from a micro ridge. Also, the distortion doesn't happen a lot, and not only at inner grooves...it can happen on the first track of a side if there's a highly modulated centered vocal or similar. So, I'm not so sure it's down to wear, but it could be. (Soundsmith's very informational page on stylus shapes does seem to corroborate that the micro ridge stylus will exceed its specified level of distortion at 500 hours). I am going to take it into my dealer for an inspection, and apparently there's a discount of at least 25% off a new cartridge with the trade-in. However, I'm not sure I want to go down that road for the cost, because even from new neither of the moving coil cartridges I've used tracked nearly as well as the moving magnet cartridges I have. So, the question is: are there any moving coils that track like a moving magnet? @vinyldoneright seems to have owned every Audio Technica cartridge on the market, and also seems to be a stickler for tracking...maybe he can weigh in? I love the sound of the Benz, and it's nice not to futz with capacitance as one would with a moving magnet, but if no moving coil can track like these "inferior" moving magnet designs, then I'll just stick with them and keep enjoying undistorted playback. And when they wear, I'll just change the user-replaceable stylus for a reasonable price.