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My first amp way way back from the 1980s. Recommendation from a friend at university - loved it. Lasted a good decade before the pots got a little crackly and needed cleaning. Soft clipping and tone controls too. Unlike some of the newer NADs (and others - yes you Creek!) you could turn up the volume control to way past 12.
Now in 2019 I'm seriously wondering whether any of my subsequent 'upgrades' Naim, Magnum, and currently Creek were actually any better...
I had two of them back in ’78 - ’79. Cost $219 each. Used them as mono amps (one channel per speaker) with a pair of Time Windows. Sold them (and the TW’s) when I bought Quads and a Bedini 25/25 (and a little later, a Futterman OTL). But the two 3020’s driving the TW’s single-channel sure sounded good!
The NAD formula was high value and good quality with modular design. Need it to be a pre-amp only? - just pull the jumpers on the rear panel. Same thing if you want it to be a power amp only, or any combination when bi-amping. The 3020 and it’s related models (integrated amps, receivers, amps, preamps and tuners) and descendants are all part of this architecture mindset. They didn’t believe in reinventing the wheel in those days.
NAD today is on an entirely different path - digital digital digital. Not for me.
To the OP, if you can get a 3020i in good condition for C$250, you are doing well. They are well worth it.