I have always been more interested in vintage audio components and have been running an Ariston RD40 turntable with an Ortofon 2M Blue for about 5 or 6 years. I like the deck, it looks cool and sounds good, but ever since I moved into a new house last year, I have been dealing with multiple issues. The biggest obstacle has been the needle skipping - the house is over 200 years old and there is a lot of movement in the floor - that coupled with the Ariston’s spring suspension makes it nearly impossible to walk through the room without skipping the record (and I have an 8-yr old). There are also various grounding and hum issues, and it has just seemed like a constant battle to keep it running smoothly. I’m looking to upgrade to my “forever deck,” but I want to make a smart decision. My LP collection is large enough that its worth it to me to spend a good amount, but with the understanding that I will never upgrade to a premium amp or speaker setup, so I don’t want to superflously spend money on a table that’s out of my league. I’m looking at $1500 as my low end budget, and around $2500 for the top end. Stability and accurate tracking is my main concern. Ease of setup and low long term maintenance is also of the utmost importance. I tend to prefer a warmer sound to a more analytical one, and I run Polk LSim bookshelf speakers, which tend to sound excellent in the bass range, but maybe a little gauzy in the treble. The two decks I’m looking at seriously are the Music Hall mmf7.3 with Ortofon 2M Bronze cart that comes fully set up, and a VPI Prime Scout which I would have to set up, and am looking for cart recommendations (I was thinking Somiko Amethyst). I’m not sure if going for the entry level deck from VPI, or the higher range of MH is preferable. The Music Hall appeals to me for its plug-and-play nature and the fact that I have a fresh 2M Blue stylus that I could throw on it eventually (temporarily, I’m sure). I love the VPI look and feel and it’s very similar to my current table. I don’t relish having to set it up, but I like how solid and rugged the construction is. Anyway, I appreciate any comments on my lengthy dissertation and any other recommendations that might be a better fit. Thanks.