I have a dozen or more "project" turntables in varying states of disrepair. Good excuse to do an inventory: - Three Linn Sonkek LP12s, two with Valhalla PS and one pre-Valhalla - One Thorens TD-125 MKII with Stax UA-7 tonearm - One Thorens TD-150 MKII AB with stock arm, no headshell - Thorens TD-124, no armboard or arm - Two Bogen/Lenco heavy platters (B60 and B61) with stock arm - Oracle Alexandria - Rek-o-Kut L34H with Gray 208 16" transcription tonearm - Rek-o-Kut Rondine Deluxe with Pritchard ADC wooden tonearm - Audio Technica AT-LP240 The main problem I face with most of these turntables is the cost to get them working and sounding decent. If I could manage scrape $1K together, which would I choose? I tried using tonearms and cartridges I had on hand with unsatisfactory results. My vinyl sounded tired and scratchy even with my best attempt, a Linn LP12 Valhalla with Ultracraft AC-300 MKII tonearm and AT-440MLB cartridge. While doing a google search for tonearms under $1K I found NaimNatNod's post on the AT-LP1240 and couldn't believe such a thing could be purchased at that price point. I was able to purchase an AT-LP240 on ebay for roughly $360 and stuck the AT-440MLB on it. I am getting excellent results with this setup at roughly half the cost of what I thought I'd have to spend. I am finally getting the sound I had hoped for from my vinyl, open and uncompressed with plenty of dynamic range and inner detail all the way through to the end of the record. While I still intend to eventually get a couple of my older tables working, the AT-LP240 will be the basis for comparison.