John, I recommend getting the very best sounding turntable that you can afford. My philosophy is to maximize the source component, so you can get the most information into the system. If the info gets in, then you have a chance at getting it out the speakers. Any musical info that never gets off the platter is never going to come out the other end. Generally, the info that is lost is the low level stuff that provides the air, ambience, and life of the recording. This is what separates the good from the great. I have just bought a new analog setup, and I got the Teres turntable with Origin Live Silver 250 arm. It is a great setup. It may not be the ultimate, but it is really good at a very attractive price. To get much better would require a really large expenditure. Most of us will never have a Rockport or Walker, but will try to get as close as we can for the money we can pay. My setup cost me the same $2300 that you are considering spending. That price included my Denon DL103 cartridge. I love it. I am sure that the Nottingham and several others would provide you with a very enjoyable listening experience. Personal taste and system compatibility will be major factors in your decision. I decided on the Teres, as did several others on this Audiogon Forum. Other members chose Basis, Clearaudio, TNT, Michell,Linn, etc.. Presumably they are happy too. They are all very good tables. At that price range, there are numerous good offerings, and almost hard to wind up with a clunker. Personally, I think that you should go for the max, because then you won't get buyers remorse about cutting corners and ruining your enjoyment. I got the most I could afford, but I know that I could have gotten better if I spent alot more. I just couldn't spend alot more, so I am happy knowing that I got a high priced performance level out of a mid priced turntable that was in a DIY package. Most agree that the Teres performs at a level that is considerably higher than its cost. That fit my needs. Just be sure that you are happy with your decision, with no doubts left to cloud your enjoyment.
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