The second-hand cartridge in question is an abortion of a Koetsu for which he wants £1850.I looked up the retail price of the cart. It is 5k (all by the shouting). That's in a very different league. I know it's used but you never know how long the person has had it or how it's been treated.
Koetsu Urushi Vermillion Moving Coil Cartridge The name Koetsu has long been held in high regard by audiophiles. Almost mystical attributes have been associated with the name. The Red was one of the early examples of a high-performance audio device that had some obvious shortcomings, but...www.analogueseduction.net
Anyhoo, the OPs friend needs to source a table first that'll suit his needs.
Wouldn't touch it with a barge-pole.......