So my final answer to "Do I expect too much from records" is... No I don't. But I WAS expecting too much from my 40+ year old ancient technology turntable apparently.
The Feickert with the Origin Silver arm arrived on Saturday. I mounted the Hana SL on it and went through the VERY lengthy TT set-up procedure and spun several records. I am extremely satisfied with the sound, S/N ratio, rumble levels, etc. Basically this is what I expect to hear through my system no matter what the source. The vinyl and digital paths are very near the same. There is of course some noise from the vinyl but it is negligible with this table and a needle weighing 1.8 grams. Not dead quiet like the digital/FLAC but the music itself is better than digital on some recordings. Sometimes shockingly better. But the Digital path is also better than the Vinyl on others. I think I have the best of both worlds going and I'm not prejudiced toward either. But as the new toy, I'm enjoying the Feickert a ton right now.
I will also say the Feickert does outperform the Signature Audio Primus table. But that table is really, really good for the price. http://www.feickert.org/index.php?id=34&L=1
Also continued props for Ellington HiFi. Tony was again very helpful with this purchase and is just really great guy. Even called me on Sunday to check on things.
And I'm just libel to send in the old TD-165 for rebuild just to see what can be done with it. Lots of sentimental value with that one. I have an almost unused AT-440Mb collecting dust I could put on it too. Could be a fun experiment. Plus I'm probably the only VE member with only one operable turntable. :-)