@mbyrnes I had a vinyl based system for 35 years with several high rated tables. My last was a Basis 2500 with Graham tonearm. I had so many cartridges I don't remember what my last one was. In my opinion, vinyl is not for the faint of heart or those with limited budgets.It can be a very slippery slope. If you want to try vinyl then more power to you. But digital has many technical advantages over vinyl, especially multibit DACs. I wouldn't necessarily expect vinyl to be a significant improvement to Gumby, which is what I'm planning to buy soon.
If I were starting fresh with vinyl, I would exercise the patience to wait for Mike's new table. I think it will be a real killer.
It's not that I have a limited budget, fortunately. I have been upgrading my entire A/V system the past 8 months, spending on average about $1,500/month. Now I am single, no children, and being disabled I am home 90% of the time, so this is my hobby and largest time consumer. I sold off my house and moved into a very nice and CHEAP apartment in Philly. My monthly bills dropped a few thousand dollars a month. Plus I don't have to clean a 2,600 square foot house I lived in by myself. Sold off the luxury car and bought a super cheap used car in great mechanical condition. I literally went from having nice everything to minimal possessions. Not a change many could do, but it does give me far more financial freedom.
I will no doubt buy a Schiit Sol. My patience is running out and I really want a TT soon.