You might consider a digital Numark TTUSB from Musiciansfriend.com http://xrl.in/3qnz
a nice little player that has good sound for the price, you can find deals on these if you want. (I know you'll know where to look)
If you are patient, then you should hit up some garage (no pun) or estate sales. Most peeps will tell you that is where the gold is.
Technics, Bang & Olufsen, Marantz, made some good stuff Teac, Sony, Pioneer made good things too, but look out for a player with too many features as they may cause more problems. Direct drives have some advantages but if you get a belt drive make sure you find a replacement belt as they become stretched or worn.
Most importantly if you buy an older model make sure you buy a player with cartridge you can replace, as many models have a one piece plastic arm and are only capable of replacing a needle that are usually plastic. (not recommended)
On another note.