That was great fun indeed. And I'd add thanks to Stephen for creating a forum/environment where this kind of thing could come about in the first place.
I had a lot of fun but kind of forgot to achieve my purpose: to hear the turntables that are within my budget! Next time, I'd like to listen to some real world tables. I'm leaning toward 4 candidates as of now - Nottingham 294/Ace Space 294, Kuzma Stabi S/Stogi, Bluenote Bellavista, VPI Scout or Scoutmaster. I can do the auditioning alone, but more the merrier! Besides, we can use the excursion as another fine excuse to get drunk. Maybe we can get together in 3-4 wks...