SM 1000 the 'beast', freon cooled. I brought Tony Cordsmens sample. It had to go when I divorced. Fex ever come on the market at a reasonable price, especially ones that still have there coolant intact.
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You may not have had in mind the tube-based amplifiers made by the original Saul Marantz company, but my nomination would be the Marantz 2 monoblock power amplifier.
Manufactured during the late 1950's and the very early 1960's, they are unquestionably among the best sounding vintage tube amplifiers ever made, and perhaps THE best. I had a pair about 20 years ago, which I still regret selling.
Have to go with the PM8004 which is the one I now own, and the only one I have first hand experience. Although not my primary stereo system heart. It has proved too be amazing. Fully featured and well built. Handsome as well. Now the Marantz receivers of yesteryear were really audio jewelry in their look.