Kenwood KD-500-Use it or Lose It?

I've had this turntable for 25 years, the last 15 or so unused in the garage. I'm thinking of getting back in to vinyl, and was wondering if I should buy a new arm/cartridge for this table, or just scrap it. Does a modern table sound that different than the older stuff? Why is direct drive considered passé when it was all the rage? Sorry for all the questions. I'm sure I'll have more as I go down this path of ruin.....
Use it. That's a nice table. Paired with and Infinity Black Widow arm and a high compliance cartridge it will make beautiful music.

The black widow came with the table originally, but I sold it a few years ago. I really didn't think I'd ever get back in to vinyl again. I see someone here has the arm for sale for about what I sold it for........
Use it I have just set up a KD 500 with a Rega RB 301 and it makes great music! I built it up for a friend and she loves it.