@mayoradamwest I was previously using a Rega RP3 with Denon DL-110 for a few years. Prior to that I had a VPI Classic 1 with Dynavector 20x2 L. I sold the Classic 1 to fund the purchase of a PS Audio Direct Stream DAC (which is absolutely fantastic as far as digital goes).
I ended up with the Rega RP3 not long after buying the PS Audio DSD because I couldn't stay away from vinyl all that long. I was amazed at the value it brought to the table, comparing it to my memory of the Classic/Dynavector combo.
But, as things tend to go in this hobby, I was bit by the bug here recently and decided to upgrade to a Prime Scout. The Prime was out of my reach at the moment. I bought a Soundsmith Otello to go with it. I am really enjoying the combination a lot. It has fantastic dynamics, good transparency, tracking, and noise floor. The one thing I do miss about the Rega compared to the Prime Scout is the Rega/Denon combo definitely brought more warmth and texture to the table. I'm curious what your experience has been with the RP8 in that regards. I had considered moving up the Rega line prior to buying the Prime Scout.