Retro-design. Thoughts, rants, etc. 1. I would like to be able to buy a nice direct drive semi-automatic turntable. I don't want belts to wear out, I'd like it to replay an album without needing to get up from my lounge chair, etc. It would have to be able to connect with a receiver and not need a pre-amp or some other mysterious appliance. The only new turntables available seem to be very expensive dj models, or the ones I see on Amazon are not even available in Canada. 2. More than that, I think I would like an attractive SYSTEM with modest capability - turntable, cd player, radio, with a few tone controls. And you know what, it should look good! (I hate all these black boxes with tiny buttons, and more jacks and cables than an old fashioned telephone switchboard). Well, they don't make it I guess, and I can only dream. Because a few months ago we bought some technosonic crap being mail-marketed via Sears. Aside from a very poorly rendered "art deco" design, it had no tone controls, the cd player squealed, and the turntable looked like a $19 job. We wrote Sears an angry letter about wasting our time and money selling such garbage, and got a refund of course, but it makes me sad. A year or two ago Grundig was marketing a retro design table radio. It had inputs for cd and tape, and if they had produced a CD player that would have had a compatible wood panel facade, I think I would have wanted it. So, I guess I'm just venting, but if someone actually knows the source for such technology, and can tip me, or God only knows, if anyone agrees with me, and there is a niche market for such things, maybe some manufacturer will put out some limited edition systems for urbane peasants like us!