Ive alway had to own my mid-mid/hi end system on a budget, but right now I am running:
Rega P3 of sorts, the only original parts left are the bearing housing and AC motor (DC motor coming up, will stop that cart proxy hum once and for all), still with that modded RB300, which has been blasted, stuffed, has a Pete Riggle 118 gram weight with semi detached end stub (OL silver MKIII will be my next arm)
I cut back the Incognito lead to 12" so the Benz Micro PP1 Lucaschek (T9 spec) can be much closer to the cart and sits underneath the plinth on sandstone. The plinth is cheap 'n' cheerful CNCed MDF...but I realise the limitations of a non suspended plinth and non inverted bearing. Still, I am only looking as far as maybe that 750 pound origin live entry turntable as an upgrade, with the silver arm, early next year. This is my budget. Maybe I will never own a suspended plinth inverted bearing turntable. I am also working on one of those Ken Stapleton tube RIAA stages, but the man that designed the power supply had to cut some corners and the hum so far is unbearable, but it works nice on a cheap ortofon MM. Eventually I will seperate the power supply and add a couple of Cinemag stepups for the DL103 I am currently fiddling with. It has an alloy body but no other mods yet. Time for Soundsmith to do their thing there. My other cartridge of note is an old Supex 900 MKIV with Benz Micro fitted boron CL and FG type II stylus, and that is gorgeous. All this goes to a Darkvoice 336se, which isn't exactly high end, neither are my sennheiser HD 580, HD 650 and beyer DT990 pro cans.
But it helps me grade my entire system as : mid - mid/hi end.
That lucaschek would hold its own against some higher price points I bet.