Responses from brf

What Percentage Off Would You Expect to Discount For Open Box Amp with Blemish
Instead of asking what's an appropriate discount, ask yourself what you would be willing to pay and make an offer.  IME, dealers react more favorably to an offer to purchase.    
Beware of Wayne's audio - Poor product quality & worst business ethics
@bdp24 wrote Well then, if the Wayne's ring doesn't use the platter edge to secure it in place (as does the VPI), there is nothing to keep it from sliding around on an 11.5" platter when the latter is spinning, which is just what the OP discove... 
Beware of Wayne's audio - Poor product quality & worst business ethics
@bdp24 wrote Though it is a buyers responsibility to insure the ring fits his particular platter (as brf---the main man on the VPI Forum---said, VPI has made platters in both 11.5" and 12" diameters), shouldn’t the maker of the ring---designed... 
Soundsmith - Thank you to everyone.
One of the best threads on Audiogon in a long time.   
Beware of Wayne's audio - Poor product quality & worst business ethics
The VPI ring will only work with their 12 inch platters as it uses the platter's side wall to center the ring. Universal rings require a centering tool to ensure that the ring's inner perimeter is equal distant from the spindle so that it engages ... 
Playing Vinyl in a Cold Room
Place a 100w incandescent bulb above the table which will warm up the surrounding area.   
Beware: New (at least to me) scam being run on Audiogon members
Received an email yesterday from a newly registered Agon member in a response to a wanted ad I had on another website.  Sounds like the same scam.   
Gold Lion KT88's Upgrade
You cannot go wrong with New Sensor's reissued of the Genalex Gold Lion KT88 tubes  They are well made, good sounding, reliable and well priced tubes.  I have not kept up with all the Shuguang / Psvane KT88 variants, but I am always wary of compan... 
Krell fpb 250m
Does this happen with both mono amps? 
Questions to ask as I shop for a tonearm?
Check out the Jelco line of tonearms as they fall right in your budget and offer performance above your budget. 
The Levinson 33h? Pros and cons?
My concern with the 33H amps would be did they use the same problematic capacitors as used in the 300 series amplifiers.    
linn sondek tt
Linn vs Kuzma is like vanilla vs chocolate.  One is not better than the other, just different.  Pick the one you like.   
Cimpliance Vs Cartridge loading
What you could be experiencing is a cartridge / tonearm mismatch, not a loading issue.  IME, the Zu/Denon likes a high(er) mass tonearm to get that tight articulated bass. 
Turntable got absolutely crushed by CD
If you bought the table combination used, the cartridge could be worn out. I could never get the Denon 103 to sound good on a VPI arm.  
Whats the FATTEST sounding Tube amp to warm up Lean speakers?
Former Merlin VSM owner.  The Merlin's do a lot of things right and they can be very seductive but their lean bass drove me nuts.  I went down a similar path that your are now traveling and I can tell you how it will end.....with a Merlin for sale...