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The table in my earlier post is a Kenwood KD770D, kind of rare but they show up on eBay fairly regularly. Often with a commensurate asking price, but if patient can be had for under $400. I purchased mine about 18months ago with a cartridge worth more than the asking price installed.

It would take a lot of $$$$$ on a new deck to compete with this table.

Another great Kenwood deck within your price range is the KD500. Again, you will often see this deck offered for what I would consider a HUGE bargain, upwards of $1200, but if patient scoring a pristine deck under $400 is possible. This is the same deck as the KD550, but sold sans arm it usually has a nice botique arm like the Infinity Black Widow or the Grace G707 like mine. When released the KD500 was Kenwood's TOTL model, later replaced by the KD600, another great deck, but I only recommend what I have personal experience owning.

The KD770D wasn't Kenwood's TOTL offering when it was released, but it was one of their top tier models with impeccable performance. Plus being the newer deck it wasn't designed at a time when ultralight arms sporting super compliant cartridges were the de rigueur so the cartridge selection will be wider.

Either of these decks are good enough they just might be your first and last table.

I've purchased four decks on eBay without any real issues, so don't let the naysayers keep you from this great market.


I should mention, these are both large heavy decks so ample room and support are required.

Edits: 07/09/17

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