It may not be a $4000 (2016) Technics 1200 anniversary model, but as an audiophile table for playing your records at home or in a studio, it is probably best you can buy. The screw on head is only now becoming a standard among the audiophile turntables, and the arm will accept most any cartridge made. I think there are many other less expensive models the professional hip-hop DJs should use (torture), but leave this one for playing records. Stereophile rates it a "C" category and the only one under $1500. Do yourself a favor if you wish to trash a scratch table, please don't use this one.