Why buy another Sapphire? The vacuum system of a SOTA Star would be a definite improvement.
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What's the rest of your system? You've got a *great* cart, your arm is decent, and I'm only familiar with your tt through name. You could throw a lot of money at your system and not (in fact, never) overtake your cartridge. In particular, perhaps your phonostage would be a better upgrade then your tt-at least, a better choice than the two decks you're looking at.
Saying that, the HW19 is a lively deck that might provide some needed PRaT to your system. I don't share the same enthusiasm that you do with the SOTAs but then, that's me.
And don't forget-since you're buying used, you're looking at more of a long term, low-dollar-outlay audition for these TTs than a real purchase-you can always re-sell for *at least* close to your purchase price.
If you're staying with your other components a SOTA Star vacuum would be a very real upgrade. Even with the vacuum I would still recommend the addition of the SOTA clamp.
I wouldn't go too high up the ladder with the Dynavector and Rega though.
I've owned 3 SOTAs and a couple of other tables. I own a Sota Nova (latest version) now and am extremely pleased.
I used to own a vaccuum table from SOTA. IME, the SOTA vaccuum system imparts a very particular quality vis a vis any other TT I've heard. (These include non-vaccuum SOTAs, and many others - but not any vaccuum systems from any company other than SOTA). Many people love it, others (me included) not so much. This is not a pick or a pan. I'm merely advising that vaccuum hold down is one feature on a TT that -IMHO- must be auditioned before purchase.
"I wouldn't go too high up the ladder with the Dynavector...."
Whaaa? The XX is a fantastic cart, one that I'd wager could hold it's own with any deck and arm!
I'm going to assume you meant the DV as mated to the Rega, with which I might agree...
Oh, and Rotur, 'PRaT' is an acronym for 'pace, rhythm, and timing'. Here's a pretty good explanation.http://www.tnt-audio.com/edcorner/prat_e.html
Eventually, I will upgrade the arm etc, but I did notice that when I had the original SOTA Sapphire, there was a life and presence(accentuated mids?)compared to the Rock which has been far less engaging for me with the same arm/cart set up. Frankly, I'm also over the looks of the Rock from an aesthetic point of view. Thank you all for the valuable input so far.