Bang & Olufsen BeoGram 3000

If one is looking for a high quality (i.e. low maintenance), good sounding (esp. for 50's jazz and producing a good sound stage) vintage turntable that is reasonably priced and aesthetically appealing, is the Bang & Olufsen BeoGram 3000 (from the 70's with the SP12 pickup) worth it?
What would the ideal surrounding equipment (preferably tube) be? Does the drawback of having only a repaired cartridge (since new cannot be had) out-weigh any of its positives? Can the arm be changed? Can it be acoustically compared to other vintage tables, thorens, etc? Any other information or suggestions would be appreciated!
The SP12 pickup is long out of production and replacement styli are very hard to come by so that's a big problem right off the bat. The old 3000 was an okay table sonically but I can't see any reason to use one today unless it has some special appeal that no other table can equal.

The later B&O units that use the MMC series cartridges are a much better choice. Replacement cartridges are available through You can probably find a Beogram 1800 or RX for around $100 and a new cartridge will set you back between $150 and $1500. So equipped, B&O radial tracking tables can sound quite good as can the more expensive tangenital trackers. I had a Beogram 3000 and with the $500-ish MMC1 it was a good performer.

Remember one thing, though: when a B&O breaks, it costs a small fortune to fix and only a handful of shops will even attempt it. They have complex mechanisms and in the case of the tangenital trackers, complex electronics as well. Many are nearing the end of their useful lives and those that aren't will at least require a belt service, cleaning and lubrication.

Given all about a new $395 Rega P1? Looks vintage in that it is not much different in appearance than Regas of the 1970s. Made in England, stylish, simple, almost bulletproof and easy as can be. Plug it in, screw the counterweight all the way in, put the platter on and in two minutes you're playing records. You can upgrade the performance simply by swapping out the supplied stylus on the included Ortofon cartridge if you want more detail.

The new $650 Denon DP-500M has a vintage look and with a $180 Denon DL-160 cartridge it will throw a nice soundstage and produce a "big" sound.

Finally, the good old Technics SL-1200Mk2 is still around and looks the same as it did in the days of disco. Search the threads...many of us think these are the cat's ass and for good reason. Kevin at can hip you to the scene if you so choose.

Good luck!