I cant get over the appearance factor. I am in the process of purchasing a new Turntable and I cant kick the appearance. Some of these tables look downright tacky and hideous! Some look cool and or quite chic. I mean, look this is a very subjective topic. Some think VPI's look cool....I do not, but I feel like leaving them out of the equation is irresponsible because of their reported quality. ClearAudio with the birch trim looks great, but I cant get myself to pull the trigger over a VPI Prime Scout which isn't too much further out of the price bracket, but gets glowing reviews. However, I cant buy the VPI Prime Scout because I don't like the appearance...the vinyl wrap and the wierd cut to the body. That said I hate the old scout look too. My opinion, totally. Then I was almost sold on a Music Hall 7.3 but the piano black layering on the plinth is not great looking. But apparently it serves a great purpose. Just cant get past the appearance. It seems ridiculous, but am I the only one who cares about looks when it comes to equipment? It's not everything, I mean I was considering a Shinola , which looks great but is suspect for performance, and I don't like the onboard Phono.