Not a detailed review since I just got the Thorens 309 with Ortofon 2M Bronze cart in yesterday and have only spun a dozen records so far. It's an upgrade to my old workhorse, a Dual CS-5000 which was starting to get outclassed by the rest of the gear. Initial impressions: bass response is tremendous with shades, timbre, and a serious foundation (well - as serious as a pair of 5" woofers can produce!) versus the old unit. I'm reminded - at least bass-wise - of my old VPI Aries 1 table. Of course that was in a waaay different system so grain of salt and all that. The Thorens has a lot more detail overall, with better soundstaging depth and width. It bests the Dual/Shibata tipped OM20 cartridge in that department, making the old turntable sound like a lower end cassette player (or as my wife said, AM radio). So much quieter in the background with less rumble and analog "dirt". Overall effect is a more engrossing musical experience. The Aleph J amp and Classe Five preamp are now shining and sounding better than I expected. More later - it's always easy to gush with a new piece of gear!