I've never done dj work, have owned a 1200 in many variations over the last 15 years, including the GLD. Got offered more than I could turn down for the GLD so searched for another black deck, the mk7 wasn't out yet. Bought... a gold reloop...oops. Sold it immediately. The mk7 came out. I realized it might not have the same build, but for home audio and my second table I figured that part would be fine. My primary deck is a Sota, Sapphire with SME 309 arm. My main concern, was the new motor. As yet, still not road tested. Time will tell. Dont know any other decks that use it, how reliable will it be is my concern. The deck came with a dust cover. Wouldnt have bought it otherwise. To my supprise and disappointment, not only no hinges, but NO HOLES on the back of the deck to mount the cover. WTF I will have to mod the chassis. Arm? I dont care. I will put an SME on it. Hopefully, the after market boards I used on my 1200mk2 will work. Guess these are just too new to have any real useful info about, so do cary on about the other decks. It's all made for a good read anyway. My cart is a Shure v15 type V Amps are 12 watt 300b tube mono. Preamp is a modified Ear 834p Speakers are modified Belle Klipsch As you were.