I like the Vandersteens 2's very much. The B&K ST-140 will work well with them. Richard Vandersteen told me this himself. That said I think you can do better.
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Leon - understand that you're on budget, but seriously IMO, Vandersteens really deserve something better than B&K. Hopefully others may suggest a reasonable alternative pre. How about a beautiflly eye-catching classic Luxman C5000A - I know of one that's available; email me for details (or not).
You like tubes - perhaps a Rogue 99 with remote?