Slowly, over the past few years, I have been improving my system. Recently I took the plunge into tube amplification (EL-34 integrated), and in doing so, I managed to replace everything but my speakers (SDA1A's) and my turntable (Technics sl1200 mkII). In fact, even the turn table is not the same due to a KAB power supply, Cardas tone arm wires, a record clamp, Isolation feet, and an acrylic mat. The integrated amp required an external phono stage, and I filled that need with a Hagerman Bugle and power supply. My hearts desire would be a Jolida JD9, but that too will have to wait. Besides, I have no complaints about the Hagerman Bugle. It sounds fantastic, and it is very quiet unlike the Dynaco PAS3 it replaced. So, I have always wanted to hear for my self what a MC cartridge can do, especially after reading all of the reviews here and elsewhere. I would love to take the plunge and get a Low output MC cartridge and SUT, but that is simply not something I can do right now. The Denon DL-110 is very affordable, and from what I have read, an excellent performing cartridge for the price. With the DL-110 I hope that I can get some of the MC cartridge benefits without the added expense of a SUT. The other cartridged that I have been using are the Grado prestige blue, the Azden YM-P20E, and a Shure M97XE. Of those three, my current favorite is the Grado, but I noticed that it and the Azden produce a humming noise as they approach the motor on the SL1200. From what I understand, this will not be the case with a MC cartridge?