I have downloaded the correct Technics SL-D2 manual from the Vinyl Engine site. I am sure you are absolutely correct with your identification of my tonearm/headshell attachment set up. I apologize if my terminology has confused you. I have been slowly learning the ins and outs of my phonograph, or phonorgraphs in general, for the first time as of late, and it's very possible I am incorrectly identifying my tonearm/headshell set up.
I do know that my tonearm and headshell are the original Technics SL-D2 models. Under the tonearm section of my user manual, the following specs are listed:
Type: Universal Tonearm
Effective length: 230mm
Friction: Less that 7mg (lateral, vertical)
Effective mass: 12g (without cartridge)
Tracking error angle: Within 2(degree symbol)32' at the outer groove of 30cm (12") record
Within 0(degree symbol) 32' at the inner groove of 30cm (12") record
Offset angle: 22 degrees
Stylus pressure adjustment range: 0-2.5g
Applicable cartridge weight range: 6-9.5g and 13.5-17g (including headshell
(with shellweight) 3-6.5g and 10.5-14g (including headshell)
Headshell weight: 7.5g
If I am to be frank, I am simply looking for a cartridge that will produce quality sound for a good price. In the Vinyl Engine library, it lists the SL-D2 original cartridge specs as: EPC-270C moving magnet. You have, so far, mentioned two cartridges if I am correct; the AT11E by another name (the ebay auction), and the Audio-technica AT 92ECD (amazon). If I am following you correctly, you are now saying that the AT11E is a bit heavy to suit my tonearm correctly. Is the AT 92ECD the cart you would reccomend for my phonograph? I understand that a cartridge is a cartridge (so to speak), and that there are many different opinions on what is best. Reading the reviews of that AT 92ECD, it mentioned that the cart had a tendency to drag on the record with low-arm platters.
I apologize once again for the semantics of questioning. I am afraid I've become victim to reading far too much about the nuances of every available option to me. In your opinion, the lighter AT 92ECD would be a good avenue? I am quite ready to purchase a cartridge and clear my head of all the nitty gritty of phonograph/audiophile thoughts. I am in no way qualified to be approaching that realm anytime soon.
Thank you again for all your help, Sreten. I sincerely appreciate it.