cafe latte wrote:The elys 2 is not a moving coil cart and what you were hearing was the horrible cart it was about the worst cart I ever owned apart the Rega supr bias arrrggg. I got rid of my Project due to the motor started buzzing. I replaced the motor which mostly fixed the issue but when I bough the Technics and listened side by side the Technics to my ears at least wiped the floor with the Project. (I listened to both tables using my denon dl160 MC) At the time I had esl 57s so woofer pumping could not be seen, but since then I have other speakers and if I play a cd that I recorded from record using my Project the woofers wobble probably caused by the bearing of the Project. Limiting yourself to Rega or Project will be a big shame IMO. Can you travel for a bit of a day out to other dealers? If you are buying used it is true you cant hear it first, but as long as you pay the correct price if you dont like what you hear you can always sell it and get your many back. I doubt you would not like any of the other possibilities that the guys have sugested here.
I wouldn't mind a bit of a drive, but I'm in Salt Lake City. The closest city that's likely to have more of a selection is Denver, which is eight hours away, or maaaaaybe Vegas, which is six hours away. Those are not trivial drives.