Just my ears of course, but that carbon 9cc arm on the better Pro-jects sings very sweet. Bearings are top too.
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Best tables in under $2500,IMHO Certified pre owned VPI Classic 1, Scout 1.1/Scout 2 or Project Extension 10 or Clearaudio Concept or used Ovation or Performance. The Linn LP12/Ittock combo is a good one, still keeps up with just about anything under 2K....used. Biggest challenge, keeping the power supply perfect for another 30 years. Just the Lingo III upgrade costs a staggering $2200.
Dan, thanks for your recommendations. I have not seen a lot of turntable (in my price range) for sale. I am especially interested in the Xtension 10 and classic1 or mmc 9.1. That said, my option might be to keep my Linn and just add an external power supply. I checked and the Music Hall Cruise control will work in my setup. And it will only cost me $300!
You don't say what you want more, or less, of. Which makes it a bit of a popularity contest rather than finding something that is consonant with your listening bias.
That said, a Garrard 301 or 401 or a Thorens TD124 will give you a very different set of strengths than the excellent Linn. You might just fall in love with them. YMMV.
You lost me Jimbones, the Wow XL looks nothing like a VPI Scout.
Built quality of the Wow XL and VPI Classic are up a notch from the likes of Music Hall, Pro-ject, and Rega.... no bias here as I am a proud owner of a fully modified Rega.
I had the chance to audition the Wow XL with an RB202/Delos and, to my ears, it sounded TOO GOOD for the asking price!
The bearing is Acoustic Signatures Tidorfolon bearing, which is the same bearing design used in all AS turntables, including the $34K flagship Ascona turntable.
The platter alone weighs 14 pounds and is almost 2 inches of solid aluminum.
This is one serious TT for the asking price.
About $1500.00 - $1700.00 off Jimbones,
Wow XL w/RB202 $2895.00 at Gene Rubin Audio online store, brand new.
VPI Industries Classic One mkII w/DV KARAT 17D3 currently selling in Agon for a tad over $3000.00 seems like a better offer if you prefer to buy used. The 17D3 is a giant killer and it pairs extremely well with VPI products.