I understand the piece about thinking about the MC601’s. I very much get the frustration with the Meter issue. I encountered that with a restored Sansui 2110SC Deck, but got the meter situation resolved. The left one was not moving. Another issue I had was with the Gas Tube green light on the power Toggle switch of the Acurus A250 Amp, it flickered and went out, but managed to get that fixed. I do not like it when gear is not working properly. Sounds like the MC452 or a pair of 601’s are in your future.