I need tube sound without the tubes

I've been running tubes for awhile and am just about fed up with all the problems that tubes entail. I've spent the past five years putting out fires...sometimes literally. Problem is I love the tube sound. Now, I'm a poor social worker with a taste for caviar and a pocket for tunafish...anyone out there have any recommendations for a great cheap amplifier that sounds sorta tubey. I need at least 75W per channel to run my speakers effectively. Cheap, my doctor and lawyer friends, means around $400. Maybe I'll be able to afford more in my next lifetime. Anybody want to make a donation to charity?

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Monarchy Audio. SM70 or SM70 Pro. The unit cost $719.00 retail. It is a stereo block rated at 25 w/ch when used as a stereo amp, but you can flip a switch for 70 w/ch of mon action. I know this is higher than your budget, but on the used market, you should be able to get 2 of the units for about $900.00. The Pro costs a little more and has more power. These are 2 stage class A 0 feedback amps. Regards, Mike