El Blocko turntable
$1,275 to $1,375, audiowood.com
Down in New Orleans, artist and woodworker Joel Scilley crafts the Audiowood line of sustainably produced turntables in fine finishes such as macassar ebony and santos rosewood. His modernist El Blocko model features a Rega 24-volt drive system and RB303 tonearm, a glass platter, a quality acrylic dust cover and shock-absorbing rubber feet. Because the Rega Elys 2 cartridge comes already mounted and aligned, El Blocko takes only a few minutes to set up.