About a month or so ago I splurged on a Technics SL-1100. It already had a Shure V15T3 cartridge installed. I accidentally broke the stylus while cleaning it up so I ended up buying a new one. I have tube amp and preamp and figured that someday I'd like to buy a tube phono preamp but before spending big money on that item I did buy an ART DJpreII phono preamp. The dust cover had a big gouge on the bottom of the top surface that looks like someone knocked it off the turntable base and the platter or LP edge ground that groove in. I spent about 40 hours sanding and polishing the cover. It does have swirls but too be honest now the TT looks pretty good for being 41 years old. To make sure the platter motor ran OK I powered it up and ran it for about 8 hours non-stop in 33 and45 RPM mode. It runs just fine. I have about 300 LP's. Unfortunatf the plastic containers are cracked and the basement flooded. So out of all those LP's about 25 are OK. There is that typical hiss and pops and clicks. Seems most of them have a spot where the stylus skips. I do have it set to 1.25 grams as specified by the info I found.
Despite the fact that I can hear how much better vinyl sounds with the depth and presence...as long as the vinyl is good I think for me CD's and high quality FLAC files are what I'm going to stick with.
So that being said I'm thinking of selling it. I don't have enough posts to list anything in the Buying/Selling thread.