I'm quite happy with my used Thorens TD309 - and that tonearm looks mighty familiar! I wouldn't call the TD309 "the best ever" but I was actually surprised how well it performs with an Ortofon 2M Bronze (versus the stock AT95S that would have come with it). Bass control and depth comes close to what I remember with my old VPI Aries 1 - but that was, of course, on a different and more expensive system - but similar qualities there. There is something about suspended turntables that I like - even on a concrete floor with a mass loaded shelf. If need to ever replace my semi-auto Dual CS5000, which has thousands of hours on it, I would look to the TD-1600 (or 1601) to replace both of my turntables.