Hello. I'm currently looking at upgrading my turntable, but being fairly new to the vinyl thing (I've had a plastic Denon fully automatic for 4 years) I would really appreciate some advice. What I want is to buy something that will last me for long without any hassles, and I want to buy locally (i.e. not from the internet or used). I would also prefer if the turntable had some kind of speed regulator without having to move the belt manually. My budget is 2.5K EUR/3K USD including pickup. My current setup is fairly laid back, so I think that I could introduce something more dynamic/energetic sounding to keep things interesting. The pickups that I'm primarily looking at is the Audio Technica OC9/III and Dynavector 10X5, but I'm open to suggestions since I've just based this on what I have read in reviews. I'm currently using Vienna Acoustics Beethoven Baby Grand SE with a Marantz PM15S1. The options that I am looking at so far is: Professionally restored Thorens TD125 with a Jelco 750D and AT OC9/III, ~ €2.5K Professionally modded Technics SL-1210 MK2 (Jelco 10,5" arm, linear power supply, sorbothane feet, antiresonance platter etc) + Ortofon Quintet Black, ~€2.3K Linn LP12 with Akito tonearm and Goldring G1020, ~€1.6K (demo from a local store, recently serviced) Gold Note Valore 425+ with a Dynavector 10X5, ~ €2.3K Avid Ingenium with a Jelco 750D and AT OC9/III, ~ €2.5K Rega Planar 6 with either mentioned pickups or the Ania MC, ~ €2K Music Hall MMF 7.3/9.3 with either mentioned pickup, ~€2K/~€2.5K Acoustic Signature Primus with Jelco 750D and AT OC9/III, ~€2.3K Some of the numerous Pro-Ject offerings Clearaudio Concept MC, ~€2.5K Audioblock PS-100+ and DV 10X5, ~€2K Technics SL-1200GR + ? Or take the cheaper route and buy a Rega RP3 with Planar3 parts that a local shop is selling for €500 (RP3 base plate, RB303 arm, P3 glass platter) and buy a very good pickup, Neo PSU and phono stage. Are there any of these alternatives that seems better or worse than the other? Thanks!