upgrade for less than $1k

I have a sweet vintage Pioneer PL-630 which is well built, has good isolation and a decent arm I imagine since it was their higher end model at the time. Can I do better with a modern TT under a grand? I had a rega P2 a while back and was dismayed at the wobbly mdf platter, plastic sub-platter and a thin particle board for a plinth. I know the RB-250 tonearm is a good one but it didn't have a chance to shine being mounted on that TT! So, is an upgrade possible for the money? I see that keeping it under $1K doesn't even get you proper speed control. How about that pro-ject xpression III with a speed box maybe?

Showing 1 response by ths364

Good question Rotarius. I have read on the AudioKarma forum pages in regards to a JVC QL-A7 turntable that I have that I could spend over a thousand dollars on a new tt and be disappointed that it was a not of equal caliber to the JVC.
If you're gonna spend two-hundred on a cartridge that leaves eight-hundred for the tt.
You didn't mention whether the sound quality of the Rega was
to your liking-just that the build quality was disappointing.
I think that a lot of people are rebuilding Lenco, Thorens, Garrard etc. because they've had a similar experience to yours.