I also have: Shure V15 Type III w/JICO SAS Stylus - Very polite presentation. Whenever I listen to it, I am left wanting more punch at times. Otello gives me the "punchiness" I like without being obnoxiously in my face - see Ortofon 2M Red, below. Replaceable stylus is a plus (considering purchasing a replacement w/sapphire cantilever when the time comes). Audio Technica VM750SH - I like this almost as much as the Soundsmith. It is a bit more analytical than the Otello, but has enough smooth musicality to make me enjoy it. Replaceable stylus is a plus. Ortofon 2M Red - Hot, in your face, aggressive, unrefined. Gets tiring listening to it for more than one side of an LP. Love the build quality and ease of set-up, though. I could buy a 2M Blue stylus, but I haven't gotten around to it. The downsides to the Otello (not much has to do with its presentation, though): Although you can get it re-tipped for about $100, wait times are long - as opposed to just buying a replacement stylus for the other MM carts above. Value is not really there initially. Bonded elliptical stylus on a $479 dollar cart? Ouch. And, although I know measurements aren't the be all, end all, the Otello's specs don't (on paper) measure up to the VM750SH - a cart that costs $80 less. To be fair, after the first re-tip/stylus replacement, the Otello's value comes through, as its re-tip costs $100 and a new Stylus for the VM750SH costs $279. Assuming I want to re-tip/replace instead of fiddling with something new. So... I'll stick with the Otello and re-tip it when the time comes (tough to beat $100, as long as I have something to use while I wait for the work to be done), but when it comes time to replace the stylus in the VM750SH, I'll need to think about it. $279 goes a long way to moving up in the MM world, or giving in to my curiosity and picking up a decent MC cart.