MicroMara, excellent read. Buying into another MC is for the best of my SME 309/9.5gm & the Cadenza/10.7gr.. I felt it was a good match. Now moving iron, being Sound Smith or Grado nothing really came up to positive with my 309. I felt with my speakers & my system I needed to mellow things out a lil. After The 50hr mark I should know if the Black would be a keeper. Already the music I know,& what to listen for, I hear with my 311 horns. The base is now more there (defined) with the Black, & the mid base has already improved over the Hana. The Hana is no slouch & plays bad recording better then the Black. Now mind you, I switched the arms Between my tables, maybe in the future the 1210 arm on my 1200 would be a better match for a moving iron. I have AT 150 mlx on there now & it sings (fine match). Now if anyone says that LaScalas have no base, send them here!