I've read a few DiY articles from guys who have hotrodded classic Marantz CDPs and claim that the resulting sound quality is spectacular, and I've seen the usual raves about the Rega Planet, but its well out of my comfort zone in electronics terms. They also seem to be able to rustle up key parts where necessary - that doesn't come overnight. When its all said and done, you end up with a 20-30 year old CDP with a resale value that depends on the willingness of others to believe that its better than the other 20-30 year old electronics on ebay or wherever. I'm a fan of Steve Deckert's upfront marketing style, but I have to wonder how many of these he sells each year:
Yep - a factory built 'hot rod'