Bill (Audiofeil), I just noticed: You are the first Hifi dealer that I have seen that recommends buying used. Cudos to your honest recommendation even it might not positively contribute to your business.
As for recommendations: You can save quite some money when buying used. Somehow I ended up considering mostly new turntables. A couple of different directions to consider:
- Galibier Serac (due out soon) with Thom's recommended arm.
- Teres 255 (with Hadcock or Moerch arms)
- Nottingham Spacedeck (consider Ace Space, Hadcock, or Moerch arm)
- restored Thorens 124 or Garrard 301 with arm of your choice
As for cartridge, I like the Denon 103 a lot (I have been using it one for the last 10 years). Tube phonostages to consider would be Wright WPP200C, Bottlehead Seduction, etc. Also, you will need a MC step-up for the Denon, e.g. K&K Lundahl or Cinemag transformers)