1200mk7 and 1500C seem to be mostly the same build quality, really they are just different feature sets. All Technics turntables are now made in Malaysia. GR is still likely more solid and less prone to “what if?” thoughts going forward (though, as a GR owner, I totally “what if?” after a G on occasion…). My approach with this stuff, generally, is that unless the price difference will actually create a hardship of some kind, I’m less likely to regret going for the highest model I can afford in a product line. However, you may very well be happy with a 1500C, especially if the feature set is more like what you’d prefer.