Maybe an older Oracle MK2 or Mk3. Its a great table and still to this day one of the finest looking tables on the market.
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I'm trying to figure out your aesthetics.
For "vintage" looking stuff, check out the Lenco ("tables from Home Despot") thread. You drop a Lenco into a nice walnut plinth, you got yourself a classy looking TT that sounds great. And you got lots of dough left over for a nice arm, and possibly even an aftermarket tonearm lift, if that's absolutely necessary.
Dual 1019 and other vintage semi- or fully-automatics would also fall under this category, too.
For more contemporary visuals in the affordable range, I think Pro-ject and especially the Music Halls look nice. I lusted after the MMF-7 before I decided to restore a vintage (http://www.stat.ucla.edu/~erickson/projects/cuemaster/).
I have a micro seiki ddx-1000 with 2 tone arms...and know nothing about it. It is a stunning piece. any info about this would be greatly appreciated. this thing has got to weigh at least 75 lbs or so. I got it from a neurosurgeon about 15 years ago and it has been sitting on my mantle since. Thanx for any info
Absolutely, you guys beat me to it--I may be biased, but the Gyro SE is just a stunning looking TT, You can often find a used, current model with DC motor for 1200 with a Rega arm. They sound wonderful!
Also, the Michell Tecnodec has kind of and elegance through simplicity thing going...$1K new. Haven't heard 'em. Kind of an unsuspended Gyro.
Roksan Radius5 was also cool looking at that price, never heard one.
Typically with these, you switch between 33 and 45 by flipping the belt around on the pully. No need to remove the platter.