MF A5 vs LK85/magik aktiv with Tukan small room?

small listening room. Very fond of my old Linn Tukans,perhaps overly so, but there it is; currently using them with their onboard x-overs. NAD 3155 now sleeps with the fishes. Pondering replacement amp choices around the $1200 USD range or less. Choice needs phono board since this is a vinyl room. Thinking of these:

(1) go Linn aktiv by buying used cards, an old magik integrated with phono, plus an LK 85. guessing the price is around 1100 all told for that before I pay a dealer (if can't DIY) to switch over the Tukans and put cards into the amp.

(2) Get a MF A5.

If I spent less on amplification, such as pick up another 3155 (etc.), I could upgrade my old TD150mkII with its original TP13 and a Grado Gold to a better vinyl source sooner although it has been my assumption that to make a big difference in sound quality would require spending nearly a thousand USD and buying and paying someone to install at least a new much better tonearm. I am bothered by inner groove compression and distortion.

I don't have time to listen to a lot of different gear, and we don't presently in Houston have a retail Linn "stockist" (as you say across the pond) so for Linn dealer assist I suppose I would be driving three hours to Austin. We have a local dealer selling the VPI and Rega tables.

I listen mostly to music made from acoustic instruments (chamber, orchestral, jazz). I prefer to spend money on records than gear but think I may have thrifted myself into a situation where I could make some big audible improvements for not terribly large sums of money...

I will thank all for suggestions and observations.

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Buy a Naim NAIT 5i (or better) + 3.5 meter (12') of NACA 5 and live happily ever after.
Tukans are a match made in heaven with Naim. I have had several pairs of them myself. Used Linn and Naim gear, though not active. To me Naim sounds better with them. Never heard MF gear with them, but I suspect it would not be a perfect match. Tukans are flat earth and need an amp that can bring out the best.