As the boys here will concur, getting into vinyl can be a very expensive conquest. Are you sure you are willing to dive headfirst?
Lots of very smart gentlemen here (who have helped me over the years), and will help you from Cartridge Selection, Set-Up, trouble-shooting, the best tools to use, either at cost no object, or within your budget.
The big question is of course "What If?" What if you decide you don't like vinyl, or the associated work involved? In vinyl, many things have a uncanny tendency to lead to another, such as Cleaning, Cleaning Machines, Brushes, Cleaning Fluids, the tools of the trade,Scales-Protractors, etc.
Then come the Cables, Shelves, Phono Stages, Power Supplies, the list goes on, and on.
Me, I'm just a pimple on some of these guy's butts, but I betcha I got well over $10K invested in my analog front end. Figure around 1/2 that to go to the VPI Clasic, a decent Phono Stage, and decent Cartridge.
It may depend on how much money you've already tied up in the rest of the system, to peoperly determine where you should start? The Technics might be a very good first choice..... unless maybe you're using TOTL components, then I would say your system (and ears) deserves more.
As for the VPI Classic, I think you would find (With a really good phono stage, and cartridge) a Table that will keep you very happy for many years. Mark