Do you have a pet piece that you can't let go?
Yeah, I hear ya. I been married almost 30 years now...and I just can't let go. ;)
I recently came across a Pioneer PL-10(very similar to your PL-12). Its specs showed nothing special but in real life playback it was a decent little turntable. It was in excellent condition and has since gone to a nice home.
If you cannot store the PL-12 you noted above, find an audio buff who'd like to give vinyl a run and give it to him or her.
I have one piece of gear I'll never get rid of, my JVC, DD-VR9 TOTL early/mid 80's cassette deck. It has a special appeal to me as back in the day I was not able to afford it and now can and know its a rare deck and KICKS A$$ sound wise. I'll put it up against most any other cassette deck made and know it will hold its own.
Hi all, thanks for all of your responses, both humorous (Jmc) and practical. I think I may have it re-wired (Buco) and will check out the foam damping (Rrog), as I have noticed that it does seem a bit "floppy and dancy" when I move it by hand. Schub, hope my wife will still be here; just married her after 26 years of dating. No kidding.
But Buconero sent my mind wondering in a thoughful way:
"Having something old is always a way of finding balance with the new".
A golden nugget in that wisdom. Thanks Buc and thanks all. I'm hanging on to her!
Happy New Year!