But the coil inductance will still resonate with the lead and input cap., which the loading resistor damps.

so we should vary the load resistor to get a flat response.

Not much is said about the lead or input cap tho', surely to get the correct value resistor, we need the correct value cap. as well, so how do we work this out. We should know our cartridge inductance, so we can calculate damping resistor by square root of (L divided by C)

And why do mc stages still have input caps, surely they could just use lead capacitance?

And what's all this about using resistors to do mechanical damping, too? bit confused....