Ellis Wyatt wrote:. As someone inclined to tinker, I actually see merit in using the TT I have as an ongoing project of sorts, even if it ultimately turns out to be an entirely different machine at the end.
You will have trouble finding any component that will be decent enough for a project, unfortunately.
Your talents would be better applied to something with more potential. A Dual CS505 needing Help can often be bought for peanuts, even a basic Japanese budget turntable would be a good starting point.
My loft is full of turntables I bought hoping to modify, the platters and motors are mostly not worth using. These parts,together with the arm, are the most critical components needed for a half decent project.
In the end you will be chasing inconsistent speed and noise caused by mediocre components till you replace the offending items.