I've had an Esoteric turntable for a number of years and find it to be quite trustworthy and sturdy as well as producing great sound for the three speeds and types of disks. The Rek-O-Kut CVS-14 is the current version of it, since it's been sold under various names. This is one of the major vendors:
From: Tom Diamant <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 10:54 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Turntable Recommendation ?
The three speed turntable of the Arhoolie Foundation has died and I don't
know if it's repairable. We're looking for a good replacement.
Here's what we need.
1. Three speed
2. Variable pitch
3. Sturdy (we use it every day, all day long)
4. good specs (low rumble, low wow & flutter)
5. Although we have yet to have a use for a turntable that can play 16 inch
transcriptions, it perhaps might be something we would look at.
6. Not insanely expensive!
I'm sure many of you know more about this than I do, so any recommendation
would be appreciated.