get a CD player......
Me if I was going that far up market I would be hunting a used top end linear tracker.... there is (was?) a Goldmund Studietto for sale in melbourne with the Lurne linear arm (Rabco-ish).
There are a few other Audiophile linears in that price range too - some with air bearings etc...
Also I presume that you are setup in the low compliance / high mass MC camp.... you might want to have a listen to the other camp high compliance / low mass (and usually MM/MI). With current cartridge contenders from SoundSmith, CartridgeMan, or classic cartridges from the 80's. The low mass / high compliance sits well with some of the linear trackers..... Requires that you tune the whole system differently though.... less amplification (phono stage), tune impedance in the 47k to 100k range, drop capacitance way down....
In that environment things like the Empire 4000D, AT180ML, Shure V15's, B&O MMC1 are classic players - with the bonus of high quality new styli being produced for some of these classics by people like Jico in Japan. (Soundsmith retips and services the B&O's)
In the last years of substantial corporate investment in Vinyl reproduction (ie: large multinational funding levels rather than boutique businesses...) the High Compliance / Ultra Low Mass combination was king.... perhaps the fad with LowComp/HighMass was just that, and it is time for the pendulum to swing back.... (bell bottoms and platforms anyone?).
In any case there are quite a few of us out there experimenting with this alternative.... and getting great results..... some are comparing the better classic cartridges with TOTL current MC's.... and placing them on a par. (not bad for something costing less than 1/10th the price)
Just a tangential thought on your audiophile journey.
I detoured to MC land starting in the 90's but my Revox Linatrack with 4g ULM tonearm led me to try more suitable high compliance fare.... with excellent results so far.
Doing some experimentation with the HighComp cartridges would potentially free up a bunch of $$$ to spend on the arm/table..... and the styli are replaceable, and in many cases swappable for different profiles, compliances, etc.... (although getting to know this stuff is a little bit of a treasure hunt, as it is not currently fashionable, and most of the information is vintage)
Bye for now