Scoutmaster/JMW9 or used Basis 2001/RB900?

Any thoughts on how these compare would be appreciated. Have not heard the VPI table. Impressed with the Basis upon first listen. Heard many good reviews on the Scoutmaster. New SM is in the price ballpark of the used Basis combo. Musical tastes 50/50 jazz/rock. Thanks in advance!
the basis is pretty hard to beat at any price
I've owned the VPI and the Basis series. I would say it depends on what you are looking for. The VPI is fuller, warmer, richer, while the Basis has more resolution, articulation and transparency. You certainly can try to balance each combo's strength's with a cartridge that hides it's weakness'. For example, many will enjoy a Lyra/Transfiguration cartridge on a VPI table, while others will prefer a Benz/Koetsu cartridge on a Basis combo.
For my tastes, I prefer the Basis's there if I need it, but if it's too lean I can buy a warmer cartridge.

It's all about balance.

I Think I would also vote for the Basis as you describe it. Tough choice. But I'm sure both would tickle the analog brain cells.....Thanks for your thoughts..