I went from an LP12 Lingo to a Scheu Premier Mark II with 80mm platter. The Scheu (pronounced "shoy") is very easy to work with. There's a review coming in the next issue of UHF Magazine, due out in a week or so.
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I own the Scheu Premier with the 50mm platter and it is a very good table. Degree of set-up difficulty is left up to the arm and cartridge you buy.
In your budget you should also check out the Galibier Serac with Artisan tonearm. Just under 4k or just over 4k if you get the table/arm/cartridge package.
FWIW - even though I own the Scheu I've gotten great results recently with a B&O Beogram 4500 linear tracking turntable, whose performance approaches the Scheu. It doesn't get much simpler IMO. You may want to investigate a table with linear tracking arm as an option as well.
There are a couple of Sota Sapphire tables use on agon. Grab one. Perhaps with the vacuum pump, and put a good arm on it. I have a customer with a Wilson benesch carbon fiber arm. You can send those to the people at Sota and they will drill the arm board and even upgrade what ever needs upgrading. I had a Sapphire with an SME V. Wish I had it back. Really gets a grip on the Cartridge.