I am looking into getting a record player sometime soon. I have done a fair bit of research on the web. I read this post on Yahoo Answers and it scared me a bit: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100713141536AAbGstt I already knew to stay away from Crosley, but I don't want to scratch up the records I have. I have some old records that I got at Goodwill for next to nothing that I'm not so worried about, but I have some new records of new music such as a 180-gram 33 of Minus the Bear - OMNI. I don't want to be ruining my new vinyl. I know not to skimp on the player, so I'd be willing to pay between $200 - $300 on a player. What are some good options? Also, I don't really care to transfer my music to mp3, I just want to listen to the vinyl, so I could do without. My main concern is being able to listen to my vinyl safely and at a decent audio quality. Not necessarily 320 kbps CD rips, but still enjoyable.