Where are you finding the xperience deal with the ortofon bronze?
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Find out if the motor hum issue has been resolved with Pro-Ject(not an easy task). The old joke was how do you eliminate motor noise/hum on a Pro-Ject? You sell it! The hum/noise is caused by a metal "collar" brace over the motor that would vibrate to due the adhesive(glue?)wearing out. There are several kits to fix this which are <$200 if you decide on a Pro-Ject. So my advice is go with the Music Hall but step up to the MMF 9.1 since it's an iconic budget deck. This will make it easier to resell.
Rar1-From what i've read I have not come across this issue with Music Hall tables. Maybe the motor assembly is slightly different or the MH plinths absorb the motor noise better? The only MH table I was considering was the flagship MMF-11(2 motors)but I was unable to find the discount I wanted, so I purchased a one owner Rega P9.
Rockstream, I have been going through the same exercise as you on choosing a turntable. I ended up going with the Music Hall MMF 7.1 with the Music Hall Mojo cartridge (made by Ortofon). Unlike the Pro-ject Xperience the motor on the MMF 7.1 is completely isolated from the table. I couldn't be happier with this setup. It sounds wonderful. Down the road I might try an Ortofon 2M Black, but the Mojo is really a great sounding cartridge.
I think you made a wise choice. The MH tables are very respectable at their price points. I'm not very big on aftermarket tweaks, but IMO, the Herbies mat can make a very significant improvement to MH tables. Send it back if you don't like it. Enjoy your new table and sorry about asking you to spend more money - But it's just a little bit.