Luxman PD 151 mk 1 or Feickert Volare

Price range is $3500-$4500, new or used. I'm considering a (likely used) Luxman pd 151 MARK 1 w/ the standard Jelco (250?) Arm or the Feickert Volare w/std Origin silver arm. If there was a dark horse 3rd option, it's a Kuzma (Pipe Bomb) Stabi S with a Jelco 250 or the like. I think all of the tables are very competent platforms so I think the Tonearm may be the deciding factor. I could see myself going with a Kuzma gimballed arm down the road, so future flexibility is important. As far as arm adjustments, the Jelco would have the edge because I could change the head shell out to another brand that would allow Azimuth adjustment. Beyond that the OL Silver and Jelco both allow VTA and anti-skate....This is a 2nd table for a second system...I want things to be simple and user friendly...sort of like how Technics users describe their experience of owning the 1500 or 1200G/GR. 


If the platter surface and the tonearm mounting board lie in parallel planes, which means the stylus sits squarely in the groove at 90 degrees azimuth, as should be the case for any well made TT, I’d sacrifice azimuth adjustment for other more important features.

Between the turntables at that level, select the one with the best tonearm.

The tonearm will make more difference/improvement in the sound than one or the other turntables

Thanks...I am leaning Luxman for this very reason. I think the Jelco, while not world class, has a strong reputation. And while I don't take reviews as the last word, the latest Stereophile review (of the Mk2) did inspire confidence. I  believe the reason Luxman now uses the Saec is only due to the Jelco no longer being in production. 

In stock form, the Luxman should provide better isolation (with all its Hanenite bits) and may well prove easier to live with while exhibiting sublime performance.

Christian Feickert used to be a big user/reseller of Jelco when they were available, so nothing wrong there.

I own  the Volare and. PD-171A.

The Luxman has the advantage thar you can mount a cover which is very convenient. A fine piece of mechanical engineering. The Jelco based toneam is a very  good performer, very detailed and matching a wide vairiety of cartridges. If you want to grow in the future choose the 171 over the 151 as you can change tonearm basis.

The Volare does not have the same quality feeling. The advantage is that the armboard can be changed and there are a few upgrades you can make. It sounds very neutral. If you want to grow in the future I would go with one of the bigger brothers of Volare.

They both are very capable, but look different and sound different. A matter of taste.