I'm looking for a new turntable in teh $4-5k range. Current front runners are Michell Gyro SE with maybe Tecnoarm or SME 309 (or maybe stretch budge for SME IV), and VPI Prime. Are there any other tables I should give strong consideration? Also I'm in the US, so there's an import penalty on the Michell, not sure how that affects its value compared to tables built in the US like the Prime. My primary desires are audio performance/$$$ and future upgradeability. My thoughts from my research so far: Michell: Basically I read nothing but rave reviews. I really like that it's compatible with a wide array of arms, and there's plenty of room for upgrading in the future if I'm feeling it. I'm concerned the import tax makes it less of a value this side of the Atlantic. Also apparently it and any of the SME arms are a stellar combo. Is it worth stretching the budget to try and add the SME IV over the 309? My only other concern is I'd like a deck at this price to have a longer arm than 9". Other arms to consider? I see some mixed thoughts about Origin Live arms with the Gyro, not sure what to think about it. VPI: Also gets basically only great reviews. My main concern here is the antiskate. VPI doesn't believe in it, but includes a couple options. It feels strange to use a feature the creators of the table don't believe in. I'm also less concerned about noticing distortion or other audible effects from lack of antiskate, but that I'll wear down my needles and records, leading to adverse effects gradually over the life of the table. Thoughts? Other tables I should consider? Thanks in advance! Also my current system is Clearaudio Concept w/ Ortofon 2m blue > Spectral DMC-10 Delta > Threshold S/200 > Magnepan 1.7i. I'm planning on upgrading to the 3.7i's if/when I have a bigger room to justify them.