Post Whore In Training
I found the top-loading "like a record!" mechanism on my McCormack SST transport to be an awesome feature. I just liked using it. It died one of those magical death-on-the-shelf-for-no-reason deaths and the somewhat incompetent tech I took it to couldn't fix it, but I'd buy another if I found one, despite the one I had dying in my possession. The top-loading Sony is also intriguing.
On the McCormack you slid a door open, put the CD on, placed a stabilizer on top of it, then slid the door shut. It was just convoluted enough to focus me, snap me out of whatever was worrying me in life, and settle into the music. The exact opposite of me scrolling mindlessly through one of my streaming services.
Other than the original Marantz CD-63, I wonder if anyone ever made a top-loader using the Philips CDM-series swing-arm? Now that would be interesting...