The guy in the hi-fi store promised me the newest turntable would kill my classic deck.

I hear this a lot. Look, I’m not selling you anything and I promise you it probably won’t.

There are some great salespeople out there, but they’re a rarity. Salespeople are generally paid a commission on each item they sell. This isn’t always the case but where it is, you’ll immediately see that this creates a horrendous conflict of interest. They need you to sell you new equipment and the store needs the turnover. In almost all cases, older turntables are better than cheap new ones.