Turntable - The Next Step

Hi All. I currently have a Rega P3 turntable with an Elys 2 MM cartridge and my phono amp is a Musical Surroundings Phonomena II. I am looking to upgrade in the near future. What would be the logical next step up to significantly improve my experience?  In an effort to limit expense, will replacing one part of my set up (i.e. cartridge, amp, turntable) do the trick with this kind of budget - phono amp < $800, cartridge < $400, complete turntable , < $2000?  Thanks in advance for your thoughts!


I purchased the Clearaudio Performance DC turntable with a Universal tonearm and am extremely pleased with the outcome.

Above the Rega P3, as a number of posters have suggested, Clearaudio and Technics are very strong performers in the middle of the market. The Technics has great drive and pace. The comparable Clearaudios are more refined tonally.

As regards Linn, the Majik entry level version uses a Clearaudio tonearm. If thinking Linn, I would try to A/B the Linn against a comparable priced Clearaudio or other non suspended subchassis turntable.

@gnoworyta, not sure I can be helpful here. I've done serious seat-time with a P3 with Ortofon Blue, paired with a McIntosh MA5200 and Focal Aria 936. Very, very nice sound, IMHO. However, I ended up going with a Mofi Ultradeck+M and don't regret it for a second! My short list, at the time was that Mofi and the Rega P6 with an Ortofon Black or Bronze.. Still haven't heard anything under 5 grand that sounds any "better" than the Mofi+M. I'm a bit suspect about the low-mass design of the Rega decks, in general, even when placed on a rock solid & steady based, well isolated, etc. I would recommend you make one change at a time and work from there. It's hard to juggle too many balls in the air at the same time, if you know what I mean.