Something like this might be a good "learner" cartridge assuming your phono stage can handle the 4 mV output without being overloaded. It has a microline stylus that should make cartridge alignment changes audible and you're only out a couple hundred bucks if you trash the cantilever.Just received my Aida Mammoth Gold mkII and the cantilever looks hairline breakable - Yow. Better order a practice cartridge or two. I was thinking a Denon 103r because I can play with various headshells, but it's conical tip may not be challenging enough for me to develop set-up skills. Not familiar with carts at Denon's price point- more research required. Maybe I should punt and ask forum members in another thread.