Years ago, a friend of mine offered me Mixmaster Mike's old turntables. They were candy painted blue and purple like a sports car. I borrowed them for a little while even though I could not afford them. They had those rock star modifications (upgraded RCA cables and power supplies) in addition that classic Technics sound.
Years later, I decided to find a pair of my own on Ebay. I was completely ripped off, although the patina on that first 1200 looked like the space metal on a ridley scott film. Cool, but not functional. Fortunately, the forums all said, these were not so bad to repair. Years later, the forums proved to be correct. After years of repairing computers, I picked up a soldering iron and got to work. There were some youtube heroes along the way who helped take the frustration out of the process in advance.