Well, its been a few months since I took the plunge into vinyl. It started with a freebie Technics from my brother and a handfull of his dupe albums. Since then, I picked up a beat-up, but functionally perfect Yamaha YP-D8 for $30, put a Shure M97xE on it, and aquired more than 400 albums from various sources (a majority were free or less than $1). The Yamie is a nice table, but its ugly and I'm not motivated to restore it. Not enough free time...
Anyway, I've been looking for the last month or so at various tables at various prices up to $500 or so.
Last night, I finally made a significant upgrade to my turntable. I just happened to surf Audiogon at the right time and I found a brand new listing for an Oracle Alexandria MkII w/arm, the original box, accessories, etc, in great shape, been stored for the last 6 years. The guy only wanted $225 for it! The last one on Ebay sold in the UK for 375 GBP (almost $700) and it wasn't even in very good shape. Deals like this on Audiogon move very quick, so I wasted no time emailing him.
I was apparently quick enough, because its mine now! He is shipping it today from only one state away so I should have in a day or two.
There are some talk of motors going bad on these tables, but most have found that its problems with the circuitry that can be fixed pretty easy. The arm on the table will probably be suspect for an upgrade before too long, but after that, if everything is working correctly, I should have a pretty nice setup.
For those who don't know what the Alexandria looks like, there is a nice pic at Vinyl Engine: http://www.vinylengine.com/phpBB2/al...a6bef80980ee2b