I grew up in the '70's. I've just got some new-to-me old gear, Marantz 3800 Pre & 250M Power, & JBL L100's. Back then, turntables didn't matter as long as it had a walnut veneer plinth and a smoked plexi dustcover, so I bought a rebuilt Pioneer PL-530. (I didn't buy a Technics SL 1200. Whoops ) I listen to mainly 70's rock, Led Zep, Joe Walsh, ZZ Top, Neil Young, Crosby Stills Nash, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, Cowboy Junkies, and some Gillian Welch (Appalachian/vocals) Anyway, I found a NOS Pickering XSV 3000 c0mplete with factory stylus like I had back then, and also picked up a used Pickering XV 15 625E with an LP Gear D625 replacement stylus (probably elliptical?). That's the limit of my turntable and cartridge knowledge. I've been reading up on cartridges here after buying the Hi-Fi News Test LP. Back in the day, it was the Shure M95ED, Shure V15 Type III, Stanton 681 EEE, and the Pickering XSV 3000. But now I read about the latest cartridges like the Audio Technica VM540ML. Am I wasting my money chasing vintage cartridges? Do I really need to spend over $500?