Okay. Here's my prime turntable. A Garrard 301 with Rabco SL-8E linear tracking arm, and Decca Mk VI Gold cartridge upgraded to Super Gold by John Wright, the man who builds all new Decca/London cartridges today.
The Garrard was bought used from Pacific Stereo for $30 a long time ago. How long? The salesman was Dick Schram, now president of Parasound. The Rabco was a junk box find. The Decca was purchased new from the Canadian importer, when they were marking them up a lot less than was the USA importer. The Garrard and Rabco have been completely disassembled and overhauled. I built the special retrofitted tonearm wand for the Rabco, replacing the original that looked like a bridge girder. The whole is assembled into a laminated birch plywood plinth that weighs about forty pounds.
I even have an AUTOMATIC RECORD CHANGER
in my system. It does get used for that age-old tradition of Playing Christmas Records, but it's really there for playing 78rpm records. The cartridge, a Stanton 500, allows easy change of stylus, and the easily interchangeable spindles make for quick conversion between single and multiple play (I am too lazy to get up and change records in a multi-disc set every three minutes). Why this particular record changer? The pusher platform is the gentlest and most reliable automatic record changing mechanism ever developed; unlike changer mechanisms that act at the spindle, it doesn't cause wear or chipping of the center hole. There were many record changers with pusher platforms but of them all, this model had the best tonearm, and also has a heavy cast alloy platter.