Hey, thanks for your thoughts on the MMF-2.2. I did end up getting one and have had it for a couple of months now. On the whole, I really like the turntable. It's absolutely gorgeous to look at and wonderful to listen to.
Some general thoughts I have for others that might be considering it:
-- The stock mat is flimsy and seems prone to static. I got the table from LPGear who also provided their LPGear Z-mat, which is thicker and has been static-free. I'd recommend replacing the stock mat with a Z-mat or some other solution to anyone who gets an MMF-2.2. Eventually, I'm planning to replace the platter+mat with the Project Acryl-it platter (which pairs well with the MMF-2.2 according to needledoctor customer service), but for now the Z-mat is doing it's job.
-- The supplied Music Hall Tracker cartridge has excellent musicality, but I found the surface noise to be rather high and inner groove distortion to be an issue on particularly long sides (even with LPGear's "upgraded" stylus for it). I'm in the process (see more on this later) of replacing it with an Audio Technica AT120E that I used on my previous turntable.
-- As gmw65 noted, the MMF-2.2 has the same cartridge weight limitation as the Debut III (the supplied counterweight only supports carts up to 5.5g). Music Hall doesn't really make this known in their documentation, while Pro-ject does. I discovered this when I mounted the AT120E, which weighs 6.5g. So, if you're considering a different cart with the MMF-2.2, factor in the $20 plus shipping cost of the optional 75g Pro-ject counterweight for carts from 6 to 9g (I'm currently waiting on mine to ship).
-- Like many turntables, the tonearm wires are extremely fragile. My large fingers had trouble removing them from the Tracker cartridge and I managed to break the red wire off of the cartridge clip. Thankfully, I was able to solder the clip back on without much trouble, though I wouldn't recommend this to someone who doesn't have soldering experience. If you're planning to change the cartridge, use extreme care when removing the tonearm wires or better yet, get your dealer to replace the cartridge for you.
-- If you have any desire to try a different mat or cartridge (and I would recommend both), the ability to adjust VTA on the MMF-2.2 is a big plus over the other entry-level, belt-drive competitors (Pro-ject Debut III and Rega P1). IMO, this is what sets the Music Hall apart in this price range.
-- Cosmetically, the MMF-2.2 is real winner. The piano black plinth and substantial acrylic dustcover are stunning. Everything about it screams elegance, except for the cheap-looking on/off switch, but that's a minor quibble.
At ~$400, the MMF-2.2 is a great value out-of-the-box and very upgradeable with all of the adjustments it offers. Replacing the cartridge, adding a Pro-ject Speed Box and switching to an acrylic platter are all solid future upgrade options that will continue to improve the sound that you can get out of this table.