Recently purchased a Luxman PD-277 in really nice condition (just missing dust cover) for a decent price. It came with an Orofon Blue MM on it with not too many hours, already installed. As per the manual (https://www.vinylengine.com/library/luxman/pd-277.shtml) the optimum tracking force is 2.5g, but I've read that 1.8g is better.
I don't want to overcapitalise, I know it's not the most impressive TT, but I think it could maybe have a better MM on there. My Luxman L-435 amp can run MC pretty nice apparently (not done it myself yet) MC so that could be an option too. Probably wouldn't want to spend more than $400 on the cart/stylus. I can also run it through a schiit mani first which can take low or high output carts.
I listen to pretty broad range of music, from intimate recordings of Nick Drake/John Martyn to heavy King Gizzard and thumping Daft Punk. Going to a Luxman L-435 and then Focal 706 bookshelf speakers.
Anyone have any experience with this table or similar era Luxmans? Any advice, even if it's just "stick with the orofon blue" would be greatly appreciated.