Just now read through this entire post for first time . Excellent post with so many great things made my head swim , don't think anyone was wrong !
That said , if this was a contest and in the unlikely event an old fool like me was the judge, roberjerman would win 1st prize with his Pioneer PLX1000
with Denon 103R.
Mine is mounted with a Soundsmith Otello and one of THE best buys i've made in 50 years in audio. The bearings come with a bit of slack as their powerful torque sells to the DJ crowd as well . It cost me all of $30 bucks to rectify that by a local tech . You can do yourself if you are at all handy, which I am not .