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?

Showing 2 responses by sugarbrie

For an integrated amp, check out the YBA Audiorefinement Complete or used YBA Integre or Integre DT For separates, tube champ Conrad Johnson makes a Sonographe SA250 Amp at 125 watts which has a tube sound, even more so when matched with the Sonographe Preamp. I do mean the SA250, some earlier Sonographe amps sound more solid state but are still pretty nice.
There are currently two SA250 currently listed here, one is $450, the other $600.