I would tend to agree with HDBR Builder in regards to going with a quality direct drive such as the SL -1100A. I believe that the direct drive tts from that era are significantly undervalued in regards to performance.
For whatever reason, the manufacturers and tt designers have focused on developing better belt drive tts and have until recently ignored direct drive and idler drive turntables. In my experience I have not heard a belt drive turntable that can match the drive and performance of a well isolated idler or direct drive. Rather than pulling the record under the cartridge they drive the platter virtually eliminating cartridge drag. It is no surprise that a number of manufacturers are offering direct drive and idler drive models.
If you have the inclination buying an idler drive lenco and using the drive components with modern motor isolation can result in a world class turntable that will outperform any belt drive - even the $20,000.00 versions.
Here is a thread of my repurposed lenco turntable. All in - not counting the tonearm - I think the total build cost me less than a grand.
if you are interested in more information regarding repurposed lencos check out lencoheaven.com Also check out Arthur Salvador's opinion of a repurposed lenco here
You can also view reviews of the PTP repurposed lencos here. Peter, the builder of these turntables also manufactures top plates and bearings for lenco diy'ers
if you want to learn more just let me know.