I was lucky enough to find a pair of used M1.1's that I could afford. I doubt many SS amps would provide the same sound, and certainly not for less money. Hybrid choices are Moscode or Monarchy, both of which have received "very good but not great" reviews. I think your friend might do well with a tube amp that does good bass like ASL Hurricanes. Otherwise, pick speakers that are an easy load to drive and look at something like the Class A Pass XA-30.5 at about $4K used.
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