First off, a sincere thanks to all of you. I've been reading the forum and have learned a lot (I hope). Over the weekend I picked up a pair of Chorus II's. They're in need of much love, especially in the cosmetic department. Priced fairly, original and I think they sound great! I'm excited to work on these with the tips and improvements discussed here (special shout-out to Moray James!). It should be a fun project. My budget system includes a low-power Musical Paradise MP-301k Tube Amp with Tung Sol EL-34's running through a Peachtree Audio Dac-iTx (macbook to stream Spotify). I enjoy this combo (from the 2 days I've spent with it), but recognize the speakers might benefit from more power. I have a chance to sell the MP-301k and get a Peachtree Audio 220se for a very decent price. Seems like a worthy upgrade, gaining a preamp and more power, just losing the tube amplification.. Appreciate the guidance and happy to have this forum. Thanks everybody.