Where are you located? Maybe someone on here is close enough to give it a look.
And, yes, have the electronics restored or be willing to learn the necessary skills to do it yourself. There will be old capacitors in this unit that need to be replaced with modern parts. Those old capacitors can short without warning and it really will POP and you may end up letting the smoke, as well as some fire and odor, out of an expensive transformer that may be hard to find.
Most of these old record changers will need to be taken apart, cleaned, and relubricated. Any rubber parts (idler wheel, motor mounts, etc) will also likely be defective and need to be replaced. Lastly, the pick-up cartridge is probably bad. You can get cartridges and motor mounts from www.thevoiceofmusic.com
and they can also rebuild the idler wheel.