I'm extremely happy with my Traveler v2 with ortofon blue cart. Added bonus my wife thinks it looks cool. I guess the Scout Jr would be the choice now as the Traveler is discontinued.
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I agree with yogi.
Of all the components one can buy used, a TT is the most risky. And I would never buy a used cartridge.
2K is the sweet spot for modern TT's and can choose from a lot of new turntables at this price that would be a big upgrade from your Pro-ject.
The Merrill PolyTable is a good one.
So is the VPI Scout, Oracle Origine and of course the new Technics SL-1200GR if you want direct drive.
I wouldn't even be thinking used, with these 4 at or around your 2K budget.
I disagree about buying used. Sure, there is a chance of defects unless you carefully check out the product before buying, but given the option of spending $2K for a new table or the same $2K for a $4-5,000 new price used table, the latter is pretty tempting.
I've bought used on high end tables several times and never ended up with a dog.
Thanks for the great feedback.
Ive been selling and buying used on agon for over a decade and never had a bad experience... so i thought the same would apply for TT. I agree that with the precision mechanics involved especially with arms its more risky... and there is also ways a first time to get bitten
A local pickup display model would be perfect otherwise new it is.
I was reading greta things about the rega rp8... although as new its way out of my price range.
Are VPI's still good?
Several years ago bought a Dual 1219 and last Fall had it completely restored by the master Klaus Adlhoch (Dualcan on VinylEngine). It runs perfectly....as if it was 1970.
Last Summer I got a 1229 and went through it myself. It is an excellent turntable and gives me many hours pleasure each week.
My investment in these is much less than a thousand dollars and I think I would have to have some seriously deep pockets to beat them.
I run a AT120e cart with a ATN140lc stylus on the 1229 and a Shure V15 Type II with a JICO stylus on the 1219.