Ahem, and Achtung! The turntable depicted in that posting is one "HW-19 Junior". The model in the pictures is NOT a HW-19 Mk IV.
Of course, it is a good deal at the current price around $800. or so, including the SME 309 tonearm.
But the REAL HW-19 Mk IV has several features which the depicted "Junior" does not have, to wit:
- thicker, heavier, damped platter (with lead, cork and acrylic 16 pound sandwich). The one in the picture is the standard Acrylic platter without the lead/cork layers.
- Dedicated spring suspension (instead of the Junior sorbothane suspension)
-Heavy duty bearing.
-Steel and acrylic top plate (plinth) with easy interchange of tonearm board (whereas the "Junior" has a wood-composite plinth and NO removable tonearm board).
- If the turntable shown in the picture is sold as a "Mark IV" it is the wrong designation, with concurrently lower performance, but within a reasonable price point, and with realistic promise of satisfaction.
I would consider it a "GREAT Irresistible Deal" up to $1,500 (and good used value up to $2,000) WITH the SME 309, providing ALL is working well, contains all the SME tools and jigs, and all in excellent cosmetic condition, and including the VPI clear acrylic hinged dust cover.
Personal Opinion, of course, from a high grader.