Rega p10 vs SME 12A

The Rega P10 appears in the audiophile mags as "as good as it gets" for the money. The price has gone up to $6,350. I am also looking at the SME 12A, but for six grand more. 

If I am steered to the Rega, would I be better off skipping the $4650 Aphelion? Is that cart so well suited to that machine that I couldn't do better for the money?



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VTA adjustment is all to important to me, messing around with shims is too coarse of adjustment, it reminds me of the the Acoustic Signature tonearms! Really is it too much to ask for precise, does not have to be even on the fly, VTA adjustment? These are $6K+ tables. 😯