Yay, my first vinyl rig! The table is vintage late 80's, wood is Koa (which is now an endangered species, lol). The arm is a Fidelity Research FR-64fx. Phonostage (not pictured) is a Dynavector P75.
I've got a few various used records on hand. First impressions - it sounds pretty good. For most of these records it's give/take vs. the CD versions on a high-end ($1K-$3K) digital player. The vinyl has much more liquid mids, soundstage is also a bit more expansive, but more notably instruments are placed more naturally within that space. Treble is smoother than digital, perhaps a bit rolled off though. Where the digital excels so far, is in microdynamics, PRaT, and bass slam. Digital is a bit more fatiguing though, and has a harder, more "glassy" feel to it. I think based on the qualities, vinyl might be the ideal medium for classical/opera. Rock will pose a tougher decision. Though I'd also think older rock recordings (with harsh, heavy-handed L/R spearation) might benefit greatly from the more natural imaging of vinyl. I do have one very clean, audiophile half-speed master Billy Joel record that just sounds stunning - definitely a cut above everything else. Wish everything sounded that good :D
Oh, and here's a pic of the vacuum pump unit that hooks into the table: