I started off with an Oracle Delphi MK-II in 1988 which I enjoyed very much. The rest of my system consisted of Bryston gear with Magnaplanar speakers.
In 2004, I upgraded my system to an all Linn system (including speakers) and in the process, I sold the Oracle and purchased a friend's LP12 / Valhalla combo which had recently been tuned up and upgraded with the Cirkus bearing. With prolonged listening, I found the LP12 / Valhalla combo a little "fast" and congested and found it hard to keep up with the pace of the music causing me to regret selling my Oracle.
In 2006, I replaced the Valhalla power supply with the Lingo (version I) which I purchased on eBay. Again, I found the pace to be a little "fast" to the point that it would bother me (again regretting my Oracle sale).
Finally, in 2007, after lots of research and listening, I sold the LP12 / Lingo combo and purchased a VPI Scoutmaster / SDS combo. I found this combo to be one of the paciest combos I've ever heard! I also found that the sound opened up (congestion was gone), soundstage was wider and deeper and the bass was more defined. I'm very happy with my VPI Scoutmaster / SDS combo!!!!!!