I think that a used Music Hall MMF 5 would be worth considering. With luck, you might find one for about $280. It is said to be quite a step up from the MMF 2.
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Get him a used Technics. Their better FG servo belt drive w/ plug in cartridge is better built than the glass & particle board TTs mentioned above. Doesn't take a second look...
For those who *do* need a second look, think of speed/rotational stability, isolation/damping and price/performance. All those three areas are wanting in the glass & particle board crowd.
Tagyerit - Which turntable did you ultimately get? I can vouch for Sbank's comments. I am the second owner of a Thorens TD 146 with a Grado Silver cartridge, and it sounds worlds - no, galaxies better than my dad's old Technics turntable with a audio-technica "P-mount" cartridge. However, his Technics was a "linear tracking" model. I'll bet a Technics P-mount turntable with a conventional arm would sound better, but not as good as a Thorens. I'd like to try a used conventional arm Technics if I find one cheap; I was always curious of how one sounded after I learned about the disadvantages of "linear tracking". -JB