keep on your list a classe DR-9 amp powerful and reliable while excellent sounding even compared to much of the newer amps on the market.
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Avoid 80s carver gear...poor reliability...FWIW, in a second system I have a Carver M400t, which still works like new after 25+ years of light to moderate use. For a number of years during the 1980's I also had a C4000 and a TX11, which were completely reliable.
The M400t "cube" amplifier, whose design was intended to emulate the sound of a Mark Levinson ML2, is, despite its small size, fully as powerful as its 200W rating suggests. Its sound quality is certainly very competitive in its price class, at least with speakers that are easy to drive (I have no knowledge of how well it can handle difficult loads). I would not recommend its predecessor, though, the M400a, which is quite poor sonically.
I was not very happy with my Adcom equipment. I did not appreciate the sound and my amp was not dependable. Can't remember the model numbers. Amp was in the 80watt range.
I have been high on the 80s and 90s Yamaha gear. My MX 1000U / CX1000U pair perform wonderfully to my ears. Had the caps replaced w/ "new originals" a few years ago. For me these were a steal for the investment. I also use a CR1020 receiver which I bought new over 30 years ago. All continue working flawlessly.
I had owned the Sansui G9000 integrated and agree with Markus above.
Some of these amps are approaching 30 years of age. Many, if not most amps this old might need new caps and a re bias. If the amp wasn't all that great in the first place, it might not be worth the expense. On the other hand, some of the older amps are classics that can still hang with the best of the newer offerings. In which case, despite maintenance requirements, they still might offer you a huge bargain. IMHO, if you're looking to go old, look at the best of the era, otherwise consider something younger. Though not "vintage", and I haven't actually heard a lot of them, some of the newer Class D amps appear to be very promising bargains. Good luck.
the Bedini sounds appealing. (no pun intended!)
maybe you didn't see the beginning of this thread- but my preamp for this system in a PS Audio 4.5, the [current] speakers are Tannoy Eyris 3s.... if that seems compatible with the amp you recommend. i like the purity and simplicity of the early PS Audio straight-wire preamps, i keep my eyes open for a PSIII, which i have in my main system- they pop up occasionally on the 'Bay. aside from that, there'd have to be some mighty strong juju going on to make me want to step away from these pre's. this is an all-vintage system., and not that i am stuck in the mud with it, just looking to better the McIntosh 50 monos...
i dunno, maybe another preamp would bring them alive?
i am a near total neophyte here, so any and all educational suggestions or info is appreciated. i go for simplistic, two channel stereo, as natural as i can get it. admittedly, perhaps the Eyris 3s aren't going to make the purity cut? but they rank in warmth, sound pretty darn good, and have a high WAF for use in the living room... i have been thinking i would stick to solid state, since that's what's happening here already... maybe i'll bring the Quicksilver tube monos up to see what the difference is there, tho i wouldn't want to sacrifice them and let the primary system go unattended.