Holger at Montana Way turned me onto this, but I gotta share.
There's a turntable floating around there, dirt-cheap, and it works superbly. If you've got any bit of vinyl, this is your baby.
It's made by U-Turn Audio, http://uturnaudio.com/ entirely in Boston. They are nice and communicative people. So is the turntable.
Starting price is $179 which includes an installed AT cart, but by the time you add the acrylic platter and the upgraded and pre-mounted Grado Black cart, you're still looking at $309 all in. For a brand-new dead-quiet turntable? I cannot make this puppy rumble or screech, all that comes out is music.
You've got to accept whatever cart that comes with the model you select. But it's installed and aligned when shipped.
Pros: They sent me an extra counterweight should I decide to install my heavier Orotofon. Gratis.
I almost hate giving uturn a send-up. Once we all pile in prices are likely to double.
Again, this is report on a 100-hour experience, so if it blows up I'll let you know. But so far, so good. I mean, dayamn.