Same thing? I am back home, listening to the M-5060R/P-3060R right now, and the knob is literally like a column of steel. It is pretty awesome.
I wish there was a way I could audition gear -- I am listening to the pieces of music I am best acquainted with (everything from Muse to Joni Mitchell), and am pretty blown away right now. Especially with Joni's Blue; impressed that the mastering was so good in 1970-something.
I am also considering a newer lightweight Marantz amp (like 85w), along with some older Bryston amps. I'm also pretty convinced that I am going to get the Rega turntable, too.
Same thing in terms of relative sound quality between the era you have and modern stuff.
Up until headphones became so popular recordings were more often of excellent quality, but ever since the compression took over to optimize for all that ipod shit the quality of recordings has dropped off a cliff.
Of what you mentioned, I would probably prefer the Bryston. Rega makes a solid turntable.