Must be a different model then. Check their web site for the AT-LP5
. It's fully manual.
I don't miss auto start. With a well dampened cuing arm it's only a few extra seconds to move the arm over, although being able to start the player with the dust cover closed can be nice. No thump over the speakers when the lid closes.
I know some people like to keep the dust cover off, but our house is too dusty for me to do that all of the time. I might install an arm lift for auto cuing at the end but damn those things are costly.