I had a TD-160 Super with a Grace 707 arm that was my starter table. I wound up buying a used Sota rather than a new table. I believe I got more for my money. New is not always better.
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I had a Thorens Jubilee for many years, that was the TD=147 anniversary edition. I replaced it with a used SOTA Star about 10 years ago and it was a good upgrade. The SOTA does most things better, better bass, images better. I still miss the Thorens because it just played music and had nothing to do with equipment. This hobby was more fun when it was about just the music not the equipment. If you are determined to upgrade keep the Thorens until your sure this way there are no regrets.
I was a turntable dealer for many years and am one again. My advice is , yes , tables have gotten better. IF I wanted to change I would look for a good used table. VPIs are good, I sold them for years and am doing so again, but there are others. Different tables have different sets of virtues, try to decide what you would most like to improve. The first question you should probably ask yourself is whether you need a suspended table or not. If you have vibration problems then you probably need one. If you don't the direct coupled tables seem to have a little tighter, faster sound in general. Don't get a direct drive unless it is one of the classic ones with no arm.