any cj fans?
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Owned the MF200. It is warm and tube like. A little slow bass and not super transparent. I began over the years to hear the character of the highs which led to its sale. But a powerhouse of an amp with a nice warm sound. The Premier 4 is a better amp, but it is tubes, which require more maintenance. Also owned that CD player. These amps are getting a little old now and you might be better off with a newer CJ or McCormack, Search for tube like amps that will help. I would consider replacing your preamp. You may want to go integrated tube like a Jolida.
IMO, $1200 "is" less due to age. conrad johnson still offers full support for this amp, including full refurbishing back to original spec and/or upgrades. It's a well made amplifier and a good tech will be able to keep it going indefinitely. I'm not trying to influence you, just offer you my perspective. Of course, the condition of the amp should have a bearing on its price. If it were me, I would want to know its maintenance history.