If enough people responded, you'd eventually have recommendations for every table on the market. Deciding on a turntable can be a long process. It took me approximately 6 weeks of daily reading to choose a table recently, and I still second guess my decision.
Once you have a budget, I'd suggest you start thinking about some of these issues:
- Are there any issues that would deter you from owning a partiicular style of table? (I have young children at home, so I needed a table that has a stable cover.)
- What tables appeal to you visually? You can now eliminate all the styles that don't.
- Do you want the ability to upgrade components (beyond the arm and cartridge)? Which tables provide that capability?
- Are you a tweaker, or do you want a table that will provide great sound in stock form?
- Are you a mechanic? Does a vintage table needing lots of attention and modifications appeal to you? If not, buy a recent issue.
- How much do you know about the various styles of tonearms? Do your research and eliminate the tonearms that don't fit into your requirements or desires.
Perhaps others can suggest more decision making tips.