But the hi-fi store guy promised me the new ‘Gold-Donger’ turntable would kill my classic deck…

I’m sure he did, but I promise you this means nothing and it probably doesn’t.

Salespeople are usually paid on commission. This creates a conflict of interest because they literally need you to sell you a new one. In almost all cases, older turntables are better than cheap new ones.

Imagine walking into a hi-fi store, and being told: “No sir, I recommend you keep your old turntable, it’s better made and will sound better than this new plastic Chinese deck!” These people do exist but they are like unicorns. When you find one, keep him!