Vintage Turntables compared to modern?

Hi wondering how many Audiogoners have drifted away from more modern TT designs and found bliss with older models such as Sony's,Kenwoods,Micros,Yamahas and others,and have you found better built along with sound?
I know this table isn't ( by any standards ) an expensive table but I found a mint Scott ( 1980 ) PS-68A for $10 ( with Original Cartrdige ) and wow I was pleasently suprized...How can you go wrong for that kind of money???
I really like my Garrard 301..... I had a nice VPI Aries before this and have compared it in my system to a couple of others in the 3-6k range - I have always preferred my Garrard. I would really like to hear it up against some of the pricier stuff (i.e. Raven AC, GPA Monaco, etc.). It's most definitely a bit noisier, but it is also very musical and has a great sense of drama and flow that others have not matched.

OTOH, I would like to totally max the Garrard out (almost there now) with a Shindo platter/ bearing and a good PS.

After having owned nice, mid range tables like the LP-12, SOTA and VPI, I am now totally vintage and will not go back. Two belt drives, an idler and a direct-drive. Then again, unless you have deep pockets for the flagship models, most of the mainstream Japanese manufacturers older offerings will probably not satisfy.
Have you listened to the vintage tables that you mentioned? The only way is to decide for yourself. I myself have gone vintage and have no regrets. Proper isolation is the key.
The vintage idler drive Lenco is fabulous. Vintage is the way to go.
Interesting that some high priced belt drive table manufacturers of today, are flirting with idler drive designs.
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No question in my mind about the superior return on investment found in vintage turntables. While modern belt-drive tables may compete in the area of ultimate performance, they do not compete at all in "bang for the buck" comparisons.
In the days when my Technics SL-1000 MK II was developed, Technics had a huge volume of mass market turntable sales to fund the R&D needed for such a design and perhaps a million radio stations to sell it to worldwide. Nowadays, no manufacturer in his right mind would invest that level of funding in a project that might, if lucky, sell a couple of hundred units. It just doesn't make any business sense.
I have been happy with my Micro Seiki MR611 for over 20 years. I am thinking of upgrading but not in any real hurry. The main problem is that to get a decent improvement I will need to spend thousands.

Some older ones come close to the modern. I have a VPI rig, $6K worth, with all the tweaks. I also have some older TT's, various Sony and Denon. One Sony often comes close to the VPI, it is 800 biotracer with a grace ruby red, lateral tracking. For friends new to vinyl, I suggest the Denon 47F, which is fully audtomated and with the right cartridge, will sound great. The automated arm on the latter prevents user induced cartridge failure. No need to spend ten times as much.
My dad listened to the same tt for 40 years--the same Garrard 301 as mentioned above. Nice return on investment.
I think it all depends on the tt's being compared. No blanket statement like vintage beats modern, or modern beats vintage is true.

While it may be true that some of the vintage idler arm tables beat some of the modern tables, I doubt they beat them all. A direct comparison of the tt's in the same system is the only means to a worthwhile judgement.

Having said that, my VPI Scoutmaster (Valhalla tonearm wiring, Dynavector 20xl, SDS) sounds much better than my Harman Kardon T60 or totally modded Thorens TD160 (every mod I've seen on the web, plus 3" solid cherry plinth, stock arm and modded Rega RB20-Incognito wiring, Pete Riggle arm stub and counterweight, all new internal wiring with IEC).

I would love to do a direct comparison to a Garrard 301. If anyone living in the Ann Arbor, Mi area is up to one, throw me an email
I set out last year to upgrade a 20 year old high end deck. After the dust settled I am listening to a 30 year old one. Go figure... If you want to do a little work and reep great reward for small $$ rebuild a Lenco or a Rek o Kut, or any other early quality idler. If you have the bucs and no desire to tinker, go with a Garrard and have it rebuilt.