Look for a used Basis
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You might do a little long-term planning that answer questions like: Do you like to keep spending money on periodic upgrades to tonearms, and TTs, and speed controllers, or do you want to make one upgrade to an analog front end that you could live with until you pass?
The periodic upgrades are expensive and time consuming. Find out what you can learn from listeners that have already taken the path.
Understand the importance of speed stability (maintaining constant speed at the proper speed); what is low level sound reproduction and how it is attained; what are exceptional values in tonearms; purchasing new versus used. From my observation, many analog listeners overlook the importance of constant speed.
You might want to read Dougdeacon's threads here on Audiogon with regard to speed and neutral sound reproduction, and Arthur Salvatore's website for an understanding of the fundamentals of quality equipment and how to spend your money prudently.
Learn about Lenco turntables (Lenco Heaven site), and visit the Transfi Audio site.
When finished, you should have an understanding of that which you seek.
I get the impression from your post that you are looking to buy new. I rarely give advice but since you are "new to analogue, and actually to Hi-Fi in general," I would tell you that turntables get upgraded frequently. Consider buying used. There are incredible deals on Audiogon for tables that were many times your budget selling used for pennies on the dollar.
Also, when you decide to upgrade again, which is likely, you will recover a larger portion of your original investment. FWIW
I'm with Lindisfarne, but would supper suffice in lieu of service? Give a man supper and he eats it once, give a man good warranty service and he might get hungry but his item gets fixed. Also, I love my Linn Basic/Akito table but have also been looking at replacement possibilities and, although the Rega RP6 with the TTPSU appeals to me, I'm bothered by the lack of VTA adjustment as even my local Rega dealer says the recommended cartridge is bright. Spacers seem like a lame solution when there are lots of options in that price range that allow useful VTA tweeking. I can't find anything about a Comet 4 so that must be very new...the search continues.