Sent Back the Pro-ject Turntable: What would be the best option in the $1800 range?

I wasn't crazy about the sound quality so I sent it back. 

 chakster recommended this TT:

What are the recommendations of other audiogoners at that price range?

I highly recommend the Gem Dandy Polytable - designed and manufactured by turntable guru, George Merrill - see  I have owned one and loved it, and now Ihave upgraded to George's Super12. George is great to deal with and he really knows what he is doing from a design standpoint. 
Sounds like the OP’s tastes and sensitivities might be more oriented to the sound of a table with a suspended sub-platter.

I’ve a personal preference for suspended sub-platter designs, personally. Finding that they seem to have the best noise floor and dynamic range, overall, as a type of design.
I second the Polytable (with Jelco 850) as an alternative to the GR.
Just found this on sale at Audio Advisors  Bryston BLP .5 Turntable With BTP1 Power Supply-Audio Advisor this should be in your price range.
This thread went crazy, i can only add this one to the list above.