As a former owner of the VK-30, I recommend it over the 30SE, **if**, (an important if), you are committed to obtaining quality NOS 6922-family tubes for the VK-30. IMO, a VK-30 with NOS Siemens 7308s or Amperex white-label 6922s, sounds better than the 30SE. To me. YMMV. Having said all that, I now own Lamm, which is light years beyond the BAT linestages. I have the L1, and yes I'm biased, I have an LL2 for sale here on audigon, so please disregard my opinion if you feel it is self-serving. I have nothing against BAT, I liked it very much in fact, but the Lamms are simply in another league.