I am in desperate need of a new turntable. I am currently operating a Pioneer PL15DII with a new Ortofon Blue cart. The TT was not working at all when I grabbed it prior to an awful demise at the local dump near my In-Laws house. The microswitch was busted among other issues. It sounds okay for what it is, but coming from almost 30 years of catching the audiophile bug when I was 11, I know what's out there.
I'm thinking about purchasing a Rega RP6 or P7 with dynavector 10x5 cart but but I'm just not sure if I want to invest that right now. I saw a Harman Kardon T65C in mint condition with a Stanton L747S cart for around $500.00. Should I wait and save up for a Rega? Should I maybe lower my sights and purchase a less expensive deck such as a RP1, Pro-Ject Debut, or similar entry level TT and install my Ortofon Blue cart on one of those decks? My other components consist of a McIntosh C32 pre (completely refurb'd by McIntosh), McIntosh 7205 amp, and Focal 936's. I also have a Meridian 565 pre and Arcam DV89 player but the Meridian has been disco'd because I'm back into two-channel. I've been cleaning old records that I never abused as a kid with my Spin Clean machine and loving vinyl (again)!
Any advice will be most appreciated.