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I hate to sound like a Blue Circle cheerleader, but it's "the stuff"! You will have to spend considerably more to better it, and Sugarbrie is right; your next step will be a BC3000. Chances are, if you like the sound of Blue Circle nothing else will float your boat the same way. I tried for almost a year to fight it by auditioning other stuff, but eventually I had to give in. If you absolutely have to audition other stuff, try BAT, it's pretty decent. Sugarbrie: shame on you for tempting the guy with thoughts of a BC3000!!!
Blue Circle has also come out with a variation on its excellent entry level BC21; called the BC21.1 (probably partially due to a shortage of new 6SN7 tubes).
It really is a completely new model. It uses the same tubes as the BC3/BC3000/AG3000 (6922 tube); and shares many other design features and parts as the others
They will still be making the original BC21 also for those who prefer the sound of the 6SN7 tube. The BC21.1 will cost about $200 more I think. I guess it just depends on your taste in tubes, which one you buy.