If it were me, I would opt for a new or used TT at $800. I would look to Rega, MMF, Sota Comet. Dont forget the cartirage. I would opt for the Ortofon Red and Blue depending on budget. As for a phono preamp there are NAD, Cambridge or my fav Jolida JD9 which you can get used for less than $500. The Jolida is cool bc its flexible and can be upgraded and tweaked pretty easy with good results. For example changing the stock tubes for better, or upgrading power cord, etc.
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