I certainly wouldn't choose on motor type alone, or on anything technical aspect alone, or even set of them. Sound's what matters -- and build quality, so that sound and value last. But at the research stage, I like to understand what I'm reading, and have some ability to assess the degree and kind of difference a given feature might make to the overall mix. For what it's worth, budget: under 2k -- probably quite a bit under, depending on how a few things work out. Musical taste? Varied: the whole range of classical (except opera, for the most part), Zappa, blues/rock, bluegrass, and acoustic jazz from big band to bop to Bill Evans; as far as system demands, that doesn't leave much out. Table must have excellent PRAT, but I'm not too concerned about recording artifacts (precise plament, depth of soundtage, etc: never could hear that when well placed in the concert hall. Bit of a flat-earther, I guess. It also must not be too picky about support and must stay set up once set up.