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it's a better turntable than the Scoutmaster, at least it was in my system, and it didn't need all of the upgrades to make it sound good.
I would suggest that you also look at the Clearaudio's in the same range. I would suggest a Sota as well, but if you don't like the aesthetics of the Classic, I'm sure you hate the Sota.
I haven't owned the Scout II, but I have owned the ScoutMaster Sig, and even with the upgrades, it did not perform anywhere near as well as the Clearaudio Performance, same cartridege, and was not in the same league with the Classic.
So, I suggest before you buy a new Scout II or a used Scoutmaster, find a used Clearaudio Performace that you can always sell, prob with no loss of $, before buying a new table that you would take a loss on if you don't like.