Yes! Almost 50% off seems like a good deal!
Found out from the vendor that no cartridge is included.
But I am thinking, since it has no cartridge (assuming everything else is working well and in good condition) and I were to get say a Hana SL MC for around $600 (after a 20% discount as one vendor states), it would end up around $1400 to $1500 (after maybe taxes and shipping), I think that would be a decent deal considering the table new is around $1500.
I am still pondering, since I would need to get some type of dust cover.
Sorry, I probably wasn't clear.
The table is selling for $800 without cartridge and if I were to add a Hana SL MC (which I am assuming would be a superior cartridge to the stock Virtuoso, please correct me if I am wrong in my assumption), then that might be a decent deal, perhaps not a great deal but decent.
Do you feel I am looking at it all wrong?
IMHO that's not a very good deal. I saw one with a cartridge at Echo Audio recently for the same price. I own the Virtuoso Wood and the Hana SL and it would be hard to say that one is "better" than the other. The Virtuoso is a little more detailed, the Hana SL a little more neutral. I haven't tried them back to back on the same table to compare them, but those are my impressions. Go to hifishark.com and search for the TT-15s1 and click on the sold/expired tab to see what they typically sell for and decide for yourself if that's a good deal or not.