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You could build a cocobolo plinth and sit the table into it like this: http://shop.mapleshadestore.com/Stanton-ST-150-Turntable-with-Stage-1-Mods-and-Ambrosia-Maple-enclosure/productinfo/MOD-STANTONCL1/ Or you can get a Sota table (some used in the House tv series) in cocobolo and other finishes but its a lot of money: http://www.sotaturntables.com/newtables/sapphirejewel.htm
Andre is right here. In fact the new Maggie line is slightly more sensitive to power, in other words easier to drive. You can get a good NAD or Bellari phono stage for $200 so its not a big cost but as with anything else the more you spend, the more you get. I will do some research on custom plinths and see what can be done there. Huntsman, can I assume you have some good woodworking skills?
This is a fave of mine. Sadly the pic does not do the wood quality justice. http://www.vpiindustries.com/table_classic1.htm
Here's a nice wood plinth: http://www.needledoctor.com/Pro-Ject-Xtension-Turntable_2?sc=2&category=45
I have not seem many cocobolo tables and I'm sure it would look great but it would likely not be the best investment dollars for sound quality. You are probably looking at least a thousand bucks for that and at that price a good Rega RP3 is a better investment.
I have the RS-1i, modded 225s, 80s, and 60s. I love Grados.
Rega RP1 link, a perennial favorite among most audiophiles: http://www.rega.co.uk/html/RP1.htm
For a turntable at the low end you really need at least $400. I really like the Music Hall 2.2 and the Rega RP1. If you must spend less look at the $300 or so Audio Technica tables LP-120s. http://www.needledoctor.com/Audio-Technica-LP120-USB-Turntable?sc=7&category=906 But you get much more sound at the $400 range and get close to good quality digital when done right. Also a general rule of thumb, the more on the table, the nicer the included needle/cartridge which...
At $500 for integrated and $500 for speakers I would look at used Rotel or NAD gear. Both are great. For speakers, look at Magnepan MMGs, Paradigm or PSB monitors, or audioengine speakers. MMGs are really terrific for the money. I friend of mine just got a pair of these and they sound excellent... http://www.magnepan.com/model_MMG Free 30 day in-home trial as well so you can hear them in your own room which is important for...
PSB speakers and Rotel?
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