I had the Sumo 9+, which was 60watts class A, still show up on Audiogon for around $500, I had mine for 10 years and never had a problem with it.
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For just a bit more you should be able to find a Pass Aleph 5. Outstanding SS amp...closest thing to tubes I've heard coming from anything SS. Sounds best when it's been puttin' out that class A heat for about 48 hours. At that point you should be able to cook your breakfast on it while your're listening to your Mahler.
PS Haven't heard it myself, but if budget is tight then an Aleph 3 is supposed to be very similar in character and should be just about 1K used. Only puts out 30 watts though, while the 5 puts out 60 watts. With the three you still may be able to toast some bread at least.
I have a Pass Aleph 3 and love it. Warm, rich, and above all musical presentation.
Downsides are lack of bass slam and not enough power. I'm looking for more (without mortgaging the house yet again). However I don't intend to part with my Aleph unless I'm absolutely forced to. For one thing, the case is a work of art.
May I second the Pass lab Aleph seies. I've heard the 4 and 5 and have the 3. It's as near ideal as I think I can get. I do'nt see that it is base light as many have described it. The base is well controlled so it's not prominent. The Monarchy Audio amps I have heard are also excellent as are Sugden amps which are all class A. The latter will take you above you're price limit, but are beautiful sounding amps. I went to the UK Hi-Fi show yesterday and several rooms were using Sugden and they were all listenable, which is more than you can say for most of the dems
there is also a pair of accuphse p266 monoblock amps for sale; owner has them priced a bit dear but you might want to looke at them. They make 30 class watts at 8 ohms; at the flick of a switch it is a 130 watt/8 ohm class AB amp. beautiful units; wish I could justify making an offer but I really have no need for such solid state amps other than the "gimmes"