I recently upgraded from a HW-19 MK. II 1/2 to a "just about" Super Scoutmaster..... but kept my Well Tempered arm.If your interested I'm looking for $400-500 for the old table.
6 responses Add your response
Word on the street is that TW Acustic will soon be releasing a $3K table, this might be your last turntable if you can wait. The Graham arms are recommended for the TWs as the best match. Or...a used Verdier "Nouvelle" Platine? Hard to come by, though. People have good things to say about the Acoustic Signature tables also, and they're reasonably priced.
I was in the same situation like you a year ago and after reading a lot of reviews and going through the threds aon Audiogon, here is what I ended up doing:
I bought a Music Hall MMF 5 turntable, a Marantz turntable, and a VPI scout turntable to listen to for myself and compare them. I liked the VPI scout the best because of the bass and sound stage that it produces, and I even like how it looks. I sold the others. I am now doing the same thing for phono cartridges: Ortofon 2M Black, Goldring 1042, and a Dynavector DV20H. So far I like the Ortofon the best because it sounds livilier, more bass, and tracks well. My second choice is the Dynavectoe. I think with the budget you have you could not go wrong in getting a VPI scout Master.