Turntables are a mechanical device, and old ones are like old cars. They usually have mechanical problems that are difficult and expensive to put right.
I had several Dual turntables over the years, including the 1219, but they are mostly not built that well. Thorens, in general, has much better build quality, and they are still very much in business and can supply parts for older models.
Thorens still has at least 10 models on the market, ranging from $200 to $5000+, and the cheaper ones have a lot of value because they want to get you hooked on vinyl and basically sell them at a loss.
UNless you are just a guy who really wants to tinker, I would suggest that you buy a new Thorens or Rega or Music Hall turntable and save yourself money and grief in the long run.
You can buy the Thorens TD-158 new for $200, complete with cartridge, or the Rega RP-1 for around $400. Music Hall has several for under $600. There is also the Marantz TT-42 for $329.
I suggest you look at the Music Direct website for a huge selection from $200 to $20,000 and up.
Originally Posted by JoeMG
If a vintage table gets me better quality for my money, I definitely don't mind hunting for it.
I'll check out table, I hadn't heard about them. You would go with Table over Thorens or Dual?