First off, I went back and forth about which forum to post this in, but since my interest in and questions are predominantly about vintage gear I figured this would be the best place to post this. Please move if I have misjudged. Background Info Have a Yamaha CA-2010 and YP-D6 (professionally rebuilt) with top-of-the-line StudioLab speakers (refoamed by me) in the family but since I have now moved some way away from home and only get to use it once in a blue moon, I am looking to build my own quality setup to listen to my fairly large vinyl collection. What I Have/Want To start, I just picked up a new Rega Planar 3/RP3. Planning to go with an Ortofon 2M Blue unless someone has a better suggestion in that (or cheaper) price range. Music is mostly classical, jazz, soul/Motown, and classic rock. Very little modern/hip-hop/dance/electric/etc. Currently looking for amps/speakers. Will only be used for the TT and in a smaller-sized room. This is for personal/small group listening. I prefer used (I do love a good vintage setup), though don't want to pay a premium for an amp that will need to be completely rebuilt. Budget for cartridge, amp(s), and speakers is about $1.2k USD though ideally less if possible. Can also go a touch higher for the "right" setup. Don't have any experience with tube amps but certainly open to them. Would need some advice on proper tube amp usage and maintenance, etc. Some Options I Have Available To Me Have a line on a NOSValve Deluxe Restored (8 years ago) HH Scott 299A in the $500-575 USD range. Was wondering if this is a route worth exploring and if so what speakers would be appropriate to mate to the system. I also have a line on some Monitor Audio R952/MDs in the $400 USD range or some KEF 104/2's in the $600 USD range. The Kefs are a fair bit of a drive to get to though so it's not ideal. For quiet (don't annoy the fiancée) listening I have some AT ATH-M40x's. Another thing that might be worth mentioning is that I am very handy and am a capable woodworker, so if there is a cost-effective speaker build out there that will outperform anything I can buy for the money then it's something I'll consider, but my time is at a huge premium right now and I'm lacking workshop space due to the fun of home buying. Any insight is welcome! Located in the (Greater) Detroit area though I frequently travel to Toronto. Thanks for reading!