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Like you i listen mostly to classical music and my arm is an ... Jtimothya
Your mkiii is a great table...for the money, you'll be going ... Jaybo
Avid volvere. about 1k more than your budget but works very ... Rello
Thanks, fellows, for your thoughts so far. jtimothya: i've c ... Opus88
How about an idler-wheel drive especially for classical.chec ... Stefanl
Forgot to mention...i have the supratek cortese preamp and a ... Opus88
Lots of options at your price level and easy to blow away th ... Audiofeil
You might want to hear the michell orbe se. it does very wel ... Hi5harry
Look at the new tw acustic raven one. it is a bargain. Dgad
If you are looking used(???), and like the sound of your vpi ... Cmo
See if you can find an aries 1 - not the ii or iii. it is a ... Cleopatra52
I'll second Jtimothya and AudioFeil. A Teres easily outplays an HW19 or an Orbe. I suspect a Galibier Serac would too. These will come closer to being worthy of your tonearm, which you've never heard to full advantage due on your present table.
You're seeking solidity and a low resonant signature. High mass, unsuspended tables excel at these things, and the drive belt used by Teres and Galibier provides better speed stability than the stretchy, elastic belts used by most of their competitors. This gets you closer to the pace accuracy of idler wheel and direct drive.
Those other drive modes can be superior to belt drive, but I don't think you'll find one with the black background, solidity and resonance control of a Teres/Galibier for $3500, unless you're willing to tackle a DIY Lenco rebuild. The Loricraft 501 mentioned by Stefanl would do it, but that's about $25K.
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For me, the combination of table, tonearm, tonearm cable and ... Opus88
You might keep an eye out for a used maplenoll ariadne signa ... Piedpiper
Keep your eyes open for a used micro seiki rx 5000. tough to ... Rcupka