The best turntable I've owned is the present one: VPI HW-19 Mk III.
It is a classic-type self contained, 4-spring suspension, with swiveling clear protective top, and easily interchangeable tonearm slab. Once I had three tonearms, but was going crazy with all the permutations and cyclical moods.
Now I just go crazy with the tonearm's interchangeable headshell (Shibata mood tonigh, dear, or conical?).
It does not matter to me that there are better turntables in the market, and even in the VPI lineup. This one is good enough for me in terms of low acoustic feedback, silent operation, rock-steady speed stability, apparent durabiity (no trouble in 12 years), solid feel, attractive piano-black looks, vinyl playback quality, and good handling of mild record warps (due to VPI's peculiar record clamping system).
It is augmented by the optional VPI SDS power supply, which makes it even better and more convenient. Happy camper here, with NO regrets, whatsoever.