I don't have the budget for REALLY nice stereo gear, so I picked up an Audio Technica AT-PL-120 a few years ago, and I really like it. I never used the supplied ATP-2 cartridge, figuring it is probably the lowest of the low end, and designed for club DJs anyway. (The recommended heavy tracking weight scared me off too.) I immediately installed a Grado. I also replaced the dust-attracting felt mat with a generic rubber mat that the local hifi store had in the back room. The AT-PL-120 is obviously a knockoff of a 1200, but less rugged. Still, I have been really pleased with its performance and features. The fact that it plays 78s is a major plus for me - it even has a dock for my extra headshell. Despite being direct drive, it runs very smoothly. I really have nothing bad to say about this table. The price (about $200) is definitely not proportional to its quality. I think its sound performance is superb. I'm wondering if any of you hifi experts have any experience with this turntable?