That is the question. Whether it is nobler to stick with my large CD/SACD collection, and put any further investments into better front ends ( AudioAero Capitole....mucho dinero), or to dig my 150 lps out of the closet and buy a vinyl rig. On the one hand I know I can get alot of good Classical and Jazz vinyl on the cheap at a local half price books. They buy mass quantities and sell them cheap from people who are dumping out of vinyl. It seems that the new, remastered pressings are actually MORE expensive than the corresponding CDs or even SACDs. But I have never really heard a truly good vinyl rig before. My old rig was decidedly mid-fi. But the hassle factor and the $$$ are an obstacle. Do I need an automated LP cleaning rig, like a nitty gritty or VPI 16.5? If not, how do you properly clean your records? Do I need an isolation platform? Most importantly..., I have been looking at VPI and Origin Live tables (online looking....no local dealers). Just how much do I gain is there in going from Scout to Scoutmaster? How about the peripheral ring clamp and the SDS...are they worth the significant extra $$? How do you select the right cartridges for either of these two. Should you put more into the cartridge, or get the SDS, or just go to a higher end model. Is there a sweet spot in the bang for buck curve? If you get a Scout, what price range for a phono stage should I aim for? If I get a Scoutmaster, should I have a better phono stage to "match" this upgrade? It seems so confusing, not to mention expensive that half of me wants to do it and the other, cautious half says forget it, stick to the ease of CD/SACD. But am I missing something special? I wonder! Do I need to spend $10K to get to the wonder of vinyl. What is the minimum ante to get in the game?