Originally Posted by regsharp
Some nice options you're looking at-- aesthetically, would have a hard time passing on the Micro Seiki or Marantz (assuming it's the belt-drive version with composite wood plinth) on the list, but the Dual is right in there as well with Rega and Sansui next.
If you haven't already found the VinylEngine website it's a good resource for info, whether searching via the 'library' or 'database' or seeing what can be found in their forum.
Assuming you saw, and passed, on the Music Hall 5.1 ($450CAN) or Technics SL-23 ($250CAN) that I'm currently seeing on the CAM site (note: I'm looking at the 10 CAM options that pop up via USAudioMart)?
Anyway, this is longer than intended...good luck in your search.
I love the aesthetics of the vintage ones I have my eye on, but when it comes to the used vintage market there's always going to be a degree of trepidation with regards to its functionality. Plus, I think these all don't really come with the greatest cartridges, so I'd be on the hook for the that on top of the cost of the TT. Not only that, but I feel as though I would have to have it serviced just in case, and that's a less appealing aspect of going used. The Fluance, at least, is brand new, and comes with a fairly decent one in the Ortofon Blue (it's around the $300 in Canada), and I really like the acrylic platter.
There is a second Solid 5 there for $550 with the OG headshell (it seems), but the bubble level is non-functional (which is a negligible defect, IMO).
I did see that Music Hall, but it's local pick-up only. I'd either have to find one that's local to where I live or one where the seller is willing to ship. I also wasn't so jazzed on the looks of it (I know function over form, but I like it to be at least somewhat pleasing to the eyes).
The internal debate continues, I suppose!