go with the wright, sweet sound, good value in the used market but plan on replacing the tubes.
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I suspect your cartridges are the weak link. I haven't heard the Grado Gold, but if you are in love with the Grado sound, I had a Sonata, which was pretty good and would fit in your budget - you might even do better and get a used Master. I upgraded to the Statement Reference, which, even at $1200, was referred to as a "budget cartridge", which may help put your Gold in perspective.