i gotta say, i own a few nice tube systems, but my personal favorite is this $3 console pull, Consonance Basie preamp, and a very ancient ss Mac cdp. I have very little invested in this setup, and i think it trounces some of my much more expensive gear handily. I switch my systems around constantly, but keep coming back to this little rig. Running these into Fostex equipped Metronomes is simply magical! This proves you do not need to spend much dough to get fantastic sound, just synergy between components.