This is a fine forum, free of snark and full of great advice. I have spend a pleasureable evening or two reading through it. Thanks.
I have recently decided that I would like to get back into LPs. Consider it a mild midlife crisis, but the idea of rebuilding and curating a record collection seems like a brilliant antidote to the music on tap I get from spotify etc while on the road. Sitting down for 30 minutes or so and actively listening to a side of an LP, be Bach Goldberg variations, the Smiths or Bowie's spiders from Mars is rather appealing. Rooting through flea markets in quaint German villages for early neue deutsche welle will be fun too.
So my questions. Firstly: Looking at a getting a good basic turnable to start this journey. The pro-ject range looks great value for money, and gets great reviews here and elsewhere. I'm weighing up the Debut Carbon v the Essential II. I'd also consider other options in the 300-450 euro range, RP1 etc (I live in Germany). You might be able to convince me to spend a little more...
I have a NAD 3225 PE amp (20 years old), and I'm wondering if I should just use that to get started. It has a phono stage. And still works fine. If I was to look at something else, what would be the modern equivalent?
I'll need to think about new speakers too...(I have a pair of JBL monitors paired with the 3225 for now).
All in, I'd stretch to 1000 euros to for turntable, amp and speakers.