Drop Audio-Technica Turntable Review Model AT-LP-DCVTA-EB Look what the cat dragged in? I knew Drop was working on a turntable collaboration with Audio-Technica, so when this became available, I called Drop to get a sample. I should have kept tabs on it earlier, so I am a bit late to the punch. I know something like this can seem to be too lowly of a table for me; but in all honesty, there is no such thing as a bad turntable. Something like this is light years ahead of what I had when I was a teen in the 80s. At the price point, what I look for is the basics, for everything to work without any oddities. This is something which I feel the Drop Audio-Technica Turntable pulls off. I have yet to listen to it yet (very soon tonight), but from my unpacking, feeling and touching the components, and analysis of the design, my magic ball tells me this will exceed my expectations for $350. (I've dealt with many cheap entry-level tables, and I usually have something to point out, but not so here). First some unboxing and assembly photos. This thing was incredibly easy for me to set up. Later on, I will do some analysis of what makes the Drop table different from the standard Audio-Technica offerings and how I think this sizes up to other tables. This will be the main difference of my review compared to the other rando reviews out there - namely of people who obviously are talking heads and have little experience with vinyl playback. I only had one complaint throughout the unboxing and assembly process. Everything was wrapped up with tape, all over the place. Kind of annoying having to cut so much tape! The kit comes with one of those replaceable head-shells. Why is this awesome? It allows us to buy different carts and mount them to the headshells. Any vinyl-head will own multiple carts. It's kind of like owning different headphones. Here is the base of the table with the plinth of the left. The base actually feels heavier than expected and dampened very well. From memory, it feels a lot less resonant than 1Xpression and Rega 3s I had owned in the past. A lightweight resonant plinth can have very deleterious effects on sound. The platter is aluminum and felt a bit light for my tastes. However, the rubber mat (top) is quite substantial. The feel of the platter with the rubber mat on top allayed my concerns. The thing felt right for the price. (I don't expect a 25-30lbs platter for a $350 turntable). I love this. antiskate dial and counterweight with easy VTF. BTW, the manual is horrible and doesn't explain how to use them. The base of the tonearm is metal, as is the cueing level. The base is two piece which allows a VTA adjustment via a hex set screw at the front of the base (more on this later). I do not believe that the Audio-Technica models anywhere near this price point have the metal base, cueing lever, and adjustable VTA.