As you can see, I've not asked many questions, but am I'm in a quandary about what to do next. I'll try to be brief.
I've had the Export / Tabriz / Denon 304 for at least 20 years. I've not used it much recently as the floor where it's now positioned is too springy and I've been listening to CDs. Now I want to listen to a fairly healthy vinyl collection, about 12 feet in total.
I've bought a good sturdy shelf and am about to get the old girl working properly again and contemplating upgrades.
But, I've recently been looking at other decks (hope she's not listening) and wondering if they'd be a better idea. Obviously, Linn LP12s are going for all sorts of money, but sub £900 are available on eBay etc. I'd be looking at a Hercules PS, Ekos arm or similar, keep my cart or try whatever comes with it.
I know very little about Linn LP12s, but one thing attracts me is the upgrade path available compared to the PT. I can't see many affordable, easily available (in South East), power supply upgrades for the PT - does anyone have any ideas about that? For example, Funk Firm are asking for about £540 for a DC motor upgrade - is it worth the money? I have no doubt it'll sound great as their track record is good, but I have no idea how it'll compare to a fairly bog standard LP12. It seems quite reasonable upgrade cost compared to others and is not too far from me.
Also tempted by the FF FXR or Audiomod arm which might be a better improvement than the power supply? The Tabriz is okay but not the greatest.
Does anyone here think I should move to a Linn or should I stick to Export, add arm and / or power supply?
If so, any recommendations?
I remember auditioning the LP12 when I bought the PT, years ago! At the time I didn't think it was as good, it was less lively, less 'musical' and not such an amazing soundstage as the PT, but I have no idea which spec LP12 I've heard.
It's all going through now vintage classic Naim 72/140 Hi Cap, PMC FB1 speakers. I'm also thinking of upgrading the amps to a Uniti Star at some point when cash available.
It's hard to know what to do as it's impossible to audition and compare eBay equipment at home, so I thought I'd ask experts.