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Just to be more clear, when I wrote that the Lenco with everything properly adjusted but still in its stock box chassis would outperform the Sota Sapphire, I meant table vs table. IMO, the Lenco tonearm is best avoided. The Acos is a very good upgrade.
My early 90s vintage Sota Sapphire III, with vacuum hold-down, was just not as good sounding as my formerly stock Lenco, before I modified it, table vs table. I could go into specifics if needed. In fairness to Sota, by all accounts their more recent products are far superior, because of basic changes made to the motor mounting, etc. Perhaps Manitunc is actually referring to units that are more recent production than mine.
I use a Dynavector DV505 on my Lenco L75, but it is also mounted on a PTP3 (see Lenco Heaven) in a 65-lb slate plinth with an elaborate aftermarket bearing by Jeremy, platter dampened, Boston Audio Mat1, Walker Audio Motor Controller. The Lenco thus constructed has a very free, open sound with lots of life and "air".
I bought mine in mint used condition off eBay, about 3-4 years ago. I don't know how common they are now.