Have heard the Michell gyrodec and that was superb, but decided it's an overkill for the Leema - and bit too blingy for my taste.This is where my knowledge stops, I have so very little knowledge of cartridges I would have just stuck with the Elys or moving up to Rega's Exact, @Al ears suggestion of the Goldring 1042 was a step up in sound quality and has taken me out of my comfort zone which is great.
I have a lot to learn in the weeks and months ahead before I commit to a new TT.
I did see that the Project Classic can be bought with or without a cartridge, something to factor in.
My friendly HiFi dealer back in Kent has thrown me a suggestion, a Gold Note Pianosa would be a good fit for my needs in their opinion, it doesn't come with a cartridge so I can decided whether I want to go MM or MC.
Still struggling to find a local Thorens dealer so guessing that this avenue is going to be a dead end, which means that I have to keep looking.
At the moment I can get access to the following TT's locally so I think that my final TT should come from one of these or as I have had one suggestion get my P3 modified;
Gold Note, Rega, Pro-Ject, Michell, Linn, Vertere, SME and Clearaudio.
Thanks for the input it makes great reading, it is very helpful and i'm learning all the time.
Did hear the Rega RP6 years ago and sounded very good. Also really like the Clearaudio Concept table was slightly better compared to the Pro-ject Classic Silver cartridge, but with -- oddly -- the Clearaudio Concept cartridge I preferred the the Pro-ject. Not heard the others.