Welcome to the site OrcaUK, (we do like if new members introduce themselves on the forum
if you have some time).
First thing that comes to mind when reading your question is, why don't you go for some OEM turntables? They will cost you way less than the technics. You won't have the legendary name and brand
but they will work great and get you?mixing vinyl again. Torque is equal or greater then the technics, more features (line-out) and pretty good build quality.?
some names to consider:Stanton ST/STR8-150American Audio HTD 4.5Citronic PD-45/45mk2Synq XTRM1Akiyama Acura DJ-4000Reloop RP6000MK5Ominitronic DD5250Kam DDX5000BST PRO-PR4.5Koolsound TDJ-04