Best used TT for under $1k?


Hi All! A friend of mine is in the market for a turntable and I offered to help. Do any of you have an opinion on good value options in the used market for under $1k?
Thanks!
thebrokenrecord
A new Pioneer PLX1000 for $700.
I have a Pioneer PLX1000 with a Denon 103R mc cartridge. $699 and free shipping from various online sellers. Herb Reichert gave it a good review several years ago in Stereophile. 
+1 on the Pioneer. Also, the Rega RP3 with Elys should run you in the $7-800 range.
I have a Pioneer PLX1000 with a Jelco 750D arm, Nagaoka MP 150 cartridge, Herron 2 phono pre. It’s a good table.

Tom in Sacramento
Brand new Technics mk7 for $1000 is much better than Pioneer mentioned above. Pioneer was an alternative ONLY BEFORE Technics returned with their new line of turntables. Now Pioneer is a bad example and people who post here purchased them before Technics made their latest mk7 model few years ago! 

Latest Technics mk7 is the best you can buy under $1k, I've seen them NEW for $900


Chakster, maybe you can explain for the OP, and to all of us, the difference in sound between the Pioneer and Technics? This would be most helpful because I've never compared them so I don't know. 

Also, how could you possibly know that we all purchased our Pioneer tables "before Technics made their latest mk7 model few years ago!"
I purchased my Pioneer in 2020, so you're wrong there. 

I hold no malice toward Technics, and have no doubt it sounds fine.  But for now the Pioneer sounds very good for a budget-friendly table.  

Tom (the bad example) in Sacramento
Since the OP was asking for a "Used turntable" under a grand, may I suggest a VPI or a SOTA.
@4hannons OK

The difference between Pioneer and Technics explained million times on this forum, you can use search option for more info.

Pioneer made a "clone" of Technics with some improvements over the old SL1200 mkII series to fill the niche of the most popular direct drive when Technics declared they are no longer manufacture any turntables, it was long time ago. Probably you missed the train, Pioneer PLX1000 is not bad, but Technics mk7 was made after GAE, G and GR series.

Basically, Pioneer cloned Technics size, plinth design, pitch, tonearm etc (just like many other manufacturers). To make sure you can look at any Pioneer turntables from the same era when Technics came out (in the golden age of vinyl), Pioneer was completely different. I like Pioneer old design MUCH BETTER. Their iconic Pioneer Exclusive series is outstanding and the price is crazy today - this is original Pioneer when it was a Hi-Fi brand. Pioneer tonearm was completely different too. And BTW long time ago Pioneer made PC-1000 mkII cartridge (with Beryllium cantilever) which is exceptional MM.

The main difference between Pioneer PLX-1000 and Technics MK7 turntables is CORELESS DIRECT DRIVE MOTOR for funny price available only from Technics.


I sold a Well Tempered Amadeus (mk 1) last year for $1,000. I upgraded to a table costing 4 X the price. Since then I purchased a pair of speakers and integrated amp (w phono) for a second system. As I once again plunge down the rabbit hole, I'm thinking about a budget table in the $1,000 price range. I often think to myself I have a small chance of getting the performance I had for that same $1,000. That new Simplex model with the plywood plinth looks quite nice in photos. So that's my story. Other flowing  ideas include a Rega table with a Funk Firm arm and upgrades, but I've not done any serious homework yet. 
I agree with dill. IME, the old entry level model VPI jr. can be a very good table for the money. I used one for years before upgrading. 
I have had a modified VPI Jr. for 26 years, still sounds great.
@robertbrook - Are you looking for an "all-in" price of $1000? Does that need to include a cartridge? Phono stage? Accessories?
If you can find a used Technics SL 1200 MK2 in decent shape, they typically go for around $500 and are an excellent table.  Search for things to look out for when buying and don't buy a pair of them.  
Rob, there are huge difference between many turntables and new Technics mk7, especially at your price range. Detachable headshell and VTA on the fly are great features to have, high torque motor with immediate start/stop will serve you for next 30 years without service. With mk7 you don't have to change or upgrade anything, the build quality is outstanding (I hope you can find one in the shop), this is solid Made in Japan, heavy turntable on adjustable feet. What is great is resale value. If you can buy this turntable for $900 new with warranty then I doubt there are better option under $1k.  
VPI HW-19 look hard and you might score a mk IV for under 1K