Probably the smallest footprint TTs will be round ones. I have an Aurora from Origin Live and love it. A friend has Roksan's radius and loves it-it sounds great. I see MMF is making a round TT too. Good luck.
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The VPI Traveler is pretty small and Positive Feedback Online gave it a very good thumbs up on a couple of reviews. One included notable similarities between the new VPI Classic 4 (two arm table) and the Traveler, both using Lyra cartridges but I think the Lyras were one and two steps above the Delos.
An Empire 208 turntable with new, solid aluminum top plinth. Very compact, beautiful and sounds superb. Put on an SME 209 and live happily ever after. the AE2008 is a ready to go example, but there are others. Here is a review
I have a home made version, and it is superb.
Thanks! All great ideas. I'm going to listen to a Simplex and Amadeus but I'm maybe leaning toward a used P9 (maybe a little more than my budget on a Rega wallshelf which is a very compact package. Height is going to be an issue or I'd keep my current Amazon Model 2, so the Gyro/Orbe is not possible. The Quads definitely have to go and I want to die. I'll need something with a small footprint that'll play from up against a wall. Audio Note maybe. My wife keeps telling me that this is an adventure and it will be fun and she's fully expecting me to say in the coming months that the new system sounds better than the old. Nice of her, but I doubt it.....
Make your own minimal plinth for the refurbished Denon DP80 listed here for $1350
You can keep your Delos/UP4 and make a stand alone cylindrical brass armboard for $--- (cheap)
This is the lower limit of minimum space a TT can take.
Try to find the Red Rose R3 used. They can make you forget the Quads !!!