Is a Music Hall MMF 9.1 a significant upgrade over a Thorens TD 160 mk ii?
While I've used Audiogon for research for many years, this is my first forum post.
I am considering the purchase of a Music Hall MMF 9.1 to replace (or, more likely, simply displace) my Thorens TD 160 mk ii. I can get a very good price on a used MMF 9.1 in good condition; but after extensive research, I remain uncertain whether the MMF 9.1 would actually be a significant upgrade from my current table, which I love. [For reference, but not provocation, I auditioned a heavily upgraded and well set-up VPI Scout a few years ago and found it underwhelming compared to the Thorens.] Both reviews and detailed forum discussions are surprisingly limited for the MMF 9.1, given how long it's been in production. While I recognize that there's no substitute for hearing a table in person, I would welcome some insight from anyone who has significant firsthand experience with both of these tables, and can speak in some detail to how they compare. Please note that I would be replacing the stock Eroica cart on the MMF with a Grado Reference Sonata (MI). I would be using the same cart on the Thorens. And either table would go into recently upgraded phono stage and amplifier that will not be upgraded again for several years.
I am particularly interested in the MMF 9.1's ability to simultaneously deliver detailed transients and taut, focused bass. I listen at low volume levels to a variety of genres, but primarily alternative rock, classic rock,
blues, acoustic guitar, and classical.
I am aware that many other turntable options exist, but for purposes of the present discussion, I am only interested in a direct comparison of these two tables.
Thanks, in advance for your help.