AH! Njoe Tjoeb 4000 or Cary 303/300. Don't use the stock tubes, though. Recommend Ediswan CV-2492 for the Tjoeb, and RCA 12BH7a for the Cary.
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Keep an eye out for a used Wadia 830. They sell quickly but they're usually around $1800 or so. If you could stretch to about $2500 you might find a used Resolution Audio Opus 21, an excellent player. Also there are occasionally older Accuphase players for around $2K, like the DP-70 or DP-65, not the V versions. Also search the archives as this question has been asked hundreds of times.
I've owned the following players w/built-in volume control: The list is in order of personal preference.
Resolution Audio Opus 21
Monarchy Audio Model 33 DAC (need a transport)(not remote volume control)
Theta Miles (balanced)
Birdland Odeon Lite DAC (need a transport)(not remote volume control)
Musical Fidelity CD/Pre-24
The RA Opus 21 generally sells for more than $2000, but you might get lucky. The Quad was a very good player in my system and can be $700-$1050 depending on vintage. The newer mkII is supposed to be better, but I haven't heard it.