In your price range I would look at the Mcintosh MA6500, Krell 400xi for solid state amd ,maybe the Cary sli80 for tubes.
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I have been experimenting with Chinese product and I would have to agree that there are points to be concerned about in terms of construction. I just acquired an ASL Orchid integrated which uses 2a3 tubes. It has an O.K. chrome chassis, good binding posts,ceramic tube sockets, a really trick digital readout bias meter and the crappiest feeling controls I've handled in a while. On the other hand I have an Onix SP-3 that is built as well or better than any American product at any price. This is for real. Look it up on www.6moons.com. There are extensive pictures showing all the construction details. I've also had Dared amps here which I thought were very disappointing in construction and Eastern Electric which was exceptional but not up to the standard of the Onix.
Additionally there are European integrated amps which might suit your purposes.