Somehow in an audiophile trade I ended up with an older Sota Star Sapphire.
I ended up sending the deck to Sota service facility to have it brought up to spec.
They contacted me back with the following answer.
Heavy wear on bearing, replace
$230 - Chrome bearing replacement
$260 - Zirconium bearing replacement
Old style mat/lip.* Deformed lip, replace
$420 - Series V Mat/Lip replacement
Old style belt
Old style spring assembly hangs very low.* Springs are maxed out.
$365 - Series V Spring(s) replacement
Sent in non-factory packing
$25 - Transit screws w/Allen key, Instructions, Bubble Level, Strobe Disc
$65 - Factory packing
Since they are willing to give me $700 on trade in, would it be wise to spring to a refurbished Star or shop in the used market for a newer design such as a VPI or else.....