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Buy a Technics SP-10 MKII in good condition. They've
become difficult to find, however it is likely to be
your last turntable. I've had one for about 8 years,
and they are outstanding: low rumble, high torque,
built to last, highly musical. I'm using one with an
SME IV arm and Denon 103D MC cartridge. I've got a
fairly "high-end" system, but have no desire to upgrade
the analog section. It is a vinyl classic......
buy a notting ham, sandpaper, router, old vcr tape out of the cassette and a planer with very sharp blades ;-).
most TT will perform well. if you have an unlimited budget spend it otherwise keep the TT simple and after you mount a good cartridge try an expensive interconnect and hear the difference from stock.
enjoy the music!
There is an Audio Note TT1 (table) with Audio Note ARM2 (rb300 rewired by Rega with Audio Note silver wire and interconnect) for 895/offer and it has been there for some time. The ad does not specifically state the arm is the Audio Note version but only says RB300; I checked with the seller and it is the Audio Note version.
This is a wonderful table and it looks like they are open to offers. If you could get this table for 800 and put a real cartridge on it you'd probably never look back.
I have the same rig and love it.
Don't forget about Michell, though they seem to be a bit more expensive to upgrade than the VPIs, they're just simply stunning! Other than wanting the Orbe platter upgrade (vibration is a problem in my room), I can't honestly say there's even much I want to do to my Gyro right now. If I'd bought a VPI MkIII, I'd have probably torn it half apart by now ;)
I've not any experience with the Scout other than seeing one sitting at my dealer's shop one day, but I've heard wonderful things from some opinions I trust. The VPI HWs are wonderful, solid 'tables and you would not be disappointed with one.
The venerable LP12 is always a good 'table with about a zillion tweaks you can do, but I personally find both VPI and Michell to be much more interesting. To each his own, I guess!
The Nottingham Interspace/Interspace I heard was very nice and rhythmic but a bit dry sounding and not as warm compared to these spring suspended designs.
Good luck :)
Thanks to all for your help today. I just concluded a deal for a HW-19 MK3 with an ET-2 tonearm and AQ B200L cartridge and lots of extras. It's from the late 80's but has low hours. Now the real fun begins! Planning to upgrade to MK4 and SAMA units eventually, probably a new cartridge. I'm more than a little bit concerned about the air bearing tonearm, sounds complicated and fussy. We'll see. I'm always open to advice on these matters so fire away if you have any ideas.....
Rick, you want some further advice? Sit back, put on some records, and enjoy what you already have for a while. THEN, think about upgrades. You will find many of the MK IV/TNT upgrade available right here on Audiogon at very reasonable prices.
But, watch closely. They go REAL fast.
Congratulations and Happy Listening, Ed.