I have read a few times how they are good units for the money. I trust they probably DO sound good, but here is what seems weird. First, the external platter drive belt looks like an accident waiting to happen. Probably not something that could cause injury by any means but would you really want the belt out in the open like that? It just looks "old fashioned" but not in a good way. Second, on their site they say each one is hand built. I have a hard time believing something built by hand would be more precise and dependable than something built by other machines. Third, on their Basic and Plus models, the cue lever is available separately. Regardless of the caliper of a turntable, shouldn't some kind of cueing mechanism be standard, Whether it is a lever or a button? Especially on something that costs $179 and $289. Not using one is another disaster waiting to happen. AND, some of the platters are made of MDF - medium density fiberboard. Why does that seem like a bad idea? Seems like if it were to get wet (say from any cleaning) or even excess humidity would eventually ruin it. I am not a turntable expert but the four points above seem a bit concerning. Did I miss something?