I've been toying with the idea of experimenting (again) with a restored vintage table like the Thorens 124, Garrard 301/401, Lenco, or Empire 208. I was wondering how their performance, if restored and hot-rodded with an after-market plinth, compares with modern tables (e.g. VPI TNT, Sota Nova, entry-level Galibier, etc.)
Is this a case where nostalgia overrules reason or is there really something to idler wheel and other types of classic tables? My experience with the direct drive Technics SP-10MkII & Fidelity Research arm combo for several years suggests that there's something there "there."
Thanks for your kind assistance,