Used Ikemi or EMC-1!
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I have owned/heard only two of these units -- the Creek and the Rega. Of the two, I personally preferred the sound of the Rega, although I liked the cosmetics of the Creek better. Based on the review articles I've read of these three units, the consensus seems to be that the Rega and Creek come out either #1 or #2 (depending on the reviewer), with the Roksan #3. However, bear in mind that we are talking about subtle, not gross, differences between the relative performance of all three units.
There are quite a few players out there right now that could might be able to better the ones you listed for under 2K. The Meridian 508.24 comes to mind. Also, if you are lucky, you might be able to find a Sony SCD-1. Arcam makes a player priced right at 2K. I forget the model number, but from what I hear, it is fantastic.