Just deck ergonomics? EMT 927 and its hidden secrets

A turntable is just a spinning platter with a tone arm, yes? And a tone arm is just an arm plus cartridge with a lifter to help things, correct? I have played with the likes of Davinci, Fidelity Research, SME, SAEC, Rega, Linn…long list…and what always got to me was the somewhat flimsy awkwardness of…