well i did the flea market thing this morning (havent been lately, its to damm hot) and found a nice realistic lab 450 auto TT and direct driven, so i drag it home and hook it to my sherwood pre, that happens to have a phono input.. pop on one of GG's records i just received from him and it worked.. I say that because most audio items are said to "have been tested" and never are and rarely work correctly or at all..
So i cranked it up, (course i have the rotel's now to do it LOL ) and it sound sdamm good.. no crackles, no hiss and it has a shure cart /needle.. hell i know nothing about TT's.. it says shure 5x on the front of the needle.. only problem i see is the counter weight stem i guess it can be called looks cracked and the weight sags a tiny bit.. you have to hold the stem and twist the weight to get it to slide up.. but once set, it works fine.. pretty cool i say.. loved seeing that record spinning under the dust cover..
One large problem, MY rack is FULL!!! LOL so its on the dreaded floor for now..
I'll post pictures later, after i drink a cold one.. its damm hott today in florida..