That said, I'm not really a fan of all the mods done. Of course it improves sound, but IMHO it doesn't really improve looks.
I'd mod them the way vinylnirvana does: improving sound but staying as close as possible to the original look.
Thanks for the reply. I understand liking the original looks but my goal was not to stay true to the cheap plastic knobs, thin sheet metal top plate and wimpy plinths but rather maximize the performance of the 150. Dave at Vinyl Nirvana has done many different mods and has strayed from the standard looks, too. Beefier plinth, alternative top plate material and sans knobs. I think he has even done a few with carbon fiber and Origin Live motors. However, he does tend to stay closer to original looks for the majority of his projects.
My designs are more of a new take on a tradition design while maximizing sound performance, which to me, is more appealing. But I understand it is not for everyone.