first of all, the classic style of tech 12's are unmatched. these are the original wheels of steel. it is extremely heavy, 26 lbs, but is built like a rock and everything on this can be repaired or replaced. i need to send mine out to fix a bad right channel issue that requires i jiggle the ground wire a bit until the AC hum is gone, but the experience of handling this thing, adjusting the pitch to get the strobe dots staying still, balancing the tonearm, lowering the cue, is unmatched. there is a whole ritual with using this thing that i cherish. don't bother with an automatic belt drive with a built-in preamp. you want something like this for the full experience of cuing up a record. love it.