I've had my current turntable since 1992, and it's never had anything other than a Grado cartridge on it. I enjoy the sound I get. I have a pair of SR-60 headphones which doesn't get much use these days, mainly because the portable devices I bought them for don't.
I was sad to hear of his passing, and pray the best for his family.
VPI, Grado, SME, Pioneer Elite, Magnum Dynalab, Day-Sequerra, Oppo, DVDO, McIntosh, Telefunken Black Diamond, Mirage, Kimber, Transparent, MIT, Pangea, Shunyata, PS Audio, Furman, Sanus