The problem with used equipment that old is that it is arguably being used near or past the end of its design life.
They say to make sure that is made in Japan for good quality.
Strange because there has long been a ton of really good stuff that was made in Europe. Names like Thorens, SME and Linn come to mind.
Are the older turntables much better then the new stuff?
I have read mixed reviews good and bad about Rega and Music Hall turntables.
I happen to have a Rega, and it seems to be just fine. The truth about turntables is that their sound quality is profoundly affected by geometric setup. Only a tiny fraction of all living humans have the skills, talent, and patience to do that right. This is one reason why turntables were obsolesced - their performance was so highly dependent on setup, and you can't toss a turntable in a box and hope that it has retained perfect setup when the box is shipped and then opened.
I thought about Audio Technica after suggestions by people on here, but I am reading a lot of negative reviews about it failing under a year or loud hums at high volumes.
Audio Technica makes several turntables.
Here is there current line up per their web site:
AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog)
This professional USB & analog stereo turntable features a high-torque direct-drive motor, a selectable internal stereo phono pre-amplifier, and a USB output that connects directly to your computer. Forward and reverse play; cast aluminum platter; three speeds--33/45/78.
AT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog)
This superbly made, professional quality DJ turntable is designed primarily for DJ use in nightclubs, touring and mobile applications. It is also ideal for home use.
AT-LP240-USB Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog)
This superbly made high-performance USB turntable features a high-torque multi-pole direct-drive motor; selectable internal stereo phono pre-amplifier; USB output that connects directly to your computer; Audacity recording software; S-shaped tone arm; damped cast aluminum platter; three speeds--33/45/78.
AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Stereo Turntable System
Rediscover your 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records on this affordable, fully automatic belt-drive workhorse. With a built-in switchable phono preamp, the AT-LP60 may be connected directly to a computer and other components with no dedicated turntable input.
AT-LP60-USB LP-to-Digital Recording System
Audio-Technica makes it easier than ever to transfer your albums to digital files with the AT-LP60-USB stereo turntable, equipped with a USB output for direct connection to your computer; Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity recording software; a USB cable and adapter cables.
There appear to be 3 very different basic products.
In general, hum from a turntable is most definitely a setup problem.