Something to remember: new audiophile turntables ('affordable', not cost-no-object) don't necessarily reflect an improvement over older tables, other than warranty coverage. Belt drives are ubiquitous now not because they are definitively better, but because they are the only cost effective option. Direct drive, idler drives, etc. are too expensive to make nowadays and the people who knew how to make them or either dead or pretty darn old. Same with suspended drives. To implement that now would drive costs up. This is why IMO the part to brag about now is the tonearm. Because all most manufacturers can afford to do otherwise is do variation on plinth material and make platters bigger.
Also: U-turn Orbit is direct order, no middleman. So their tables may cost say $260 or $460, but in retail terms that's easily $500-900 with markups.
Personally for mid-fi I'd rather buy an old Pioneer PL-51X and have someone service it. Even better, buy an old Acoustic Research AR XB and have Marc Morin mod it. Both options should come in under $600 and punch way above their weight.