In the esoteric world of turntables, it sometimes seems that the most complicated assemblies are the most valued. That was certainly the case, for instance, with the "Transrotor Artus"--abeast.
Few have approached that in either price or gross tonnage, but a vintage "Gale GT2101" now being auctioned on eBay is no slouch either as far as moving parts are concerned. This 1975 model looks more like a finely tuned laboratory instrument than a vinyl spinner, not unlike some retro-style we've seen recently.
No matter how well this turntable plays, it's as much a museum piece as anything else (which helps explain its $5,000 starting bid). In that vein, here's a bit of trivia worth noting: It was featured in the April 1976 edition of Playboy.