I'd read about the RFI issues, and am hoping for the best. I live in Brooklyn, hardly a remote area free from interference. If it is an issue I'll either send it back or maybe just keep it for my son, who has a record collection but doesn't have a TT. The funny thing is he doesn't even try to play them on my main system. I think he is scared he'll blow up the tubes.
My current cartridge is an original F9E, but I also have an Ortofon Q Blue, a LOMC. I'd say I'll try it with both before I make a decision but it is a big PITA to switch between them. I wish I had removable headshells and I'd just keep them both mounted. I'll play with the gain settings to see which I like.
My amp is going to be a fully transformer coupled, push-pull 300b amp, a la Amity. Things get expensive pretty fast with that design so I'm taking it slowly, looking for used transformers. Every time I see something anywhere for sale it is gone before I can even respond. The Mani costs about the same as one Lundahl transformer, and I need four more, two on input and two output. I have the interstage. Power trannie will likely be a little less exotic.
Rega Planar 3, Grace 707, Ortofon Quintet Blue (Grace F9E in the bullpen), Tangospinner Subplatter/dual 45 pulley, Famous Ice Cube mod, Music Hall Cruise Control II, Schiit Mani phono MM/MC pre, Aikido line, 6B4G PP amp