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Upgrade capacitors in tube amplifier?
I know this not a tube rolling thread, but I would suggest swapping the 12ax7 and 12au7 tubes first. I recommend trying some 1950's vintage Raytheon black plates. Try to stay around $70 for each tube. For the power tubes you could get some 807 tub... 
Can anyone recommend an FM Receiver that would play into a relatively high end system?
Magnum Dynalab sells new tuners. They also repair models dating back to the 1980's (flat rate).  They have a trade in program so you can purchase a refurbished unit with a one year warranty.  I would love to own an MD90T, but my buget is more FT11... 
Thoughts on my speaker selection?
A good set of well matched speakers (that you like/love) will serve you well. The other stuff like your ht receiver, dvd/Blu Ray player and tv will come and go as technology evolves.Around 25 years ago I bought my first home theater system. I blam... 
Table and arm combos in 13k range
My platter is magnetically suspended. I wasn’t suggesting he get a Sapphire. Just saying I am happy with mine. They also have a new motor controller system. I am not sure if they addressed the mechanical issue. I need to listen to more piano. I ha... 
Thoughts on my speaker selection?
What is your total budget?What surround system (5.1,7.2 etc)?  
What's your favorite boutique speaker maker
Caintuck Audio. All open baffles, single full range drivers offered in 8", 8" Alnico, 12" and 15". He even has 12" and 15" open baffle subs. I heard a pair of his 8" Betsy open baffles hooked up to a 2 watt set amp. They sounded stupidly good. Ima... 
Table and arm combos in 13k range
+1 on the SOTAI wanted a new turntable. I was originally looking at their Moonbeam and Comet (leaning towards the Comet). I did ask what they had in refurbished turntables.I ended up getting a Sapphire with an Origin Live Silver tonearm and an Ort... 
Subwoofer Suggestion
One of the suggestions is build your own subs. Your own homemade DEBRA/swarm system.  Here is the amp used:https://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-sa1000-subwoofer-amplifier-rack-mountable--300-811And a cheaper alternative:https://www.parts-exp... 
DAC choices -- help me cross the line
If you are interested in the Yggdrasil Take a look at their Gungnir Multibit. It is said to have a more "laid back" or mellow presentation. I have the Gungnir and love it 
Suggestions on Integrated Amp./Seperates to Run my Klipschorns
+1 on Decware’s SE84UFO ($995). You do not need a preamp to monoblock. You will need to feed the left channel into BOTH inputs on the amp. Then you jumper the left positive speaker output to the to the right negative speaker output. Attach your sp... 
Low volume listening dynamics
Check out Decware. They do have some great DIY stuff like speakers and a forum. You can dig up a couple of the plans if you are paying attention. Also has some amp kits. I have two Zkit1 amps I am working on. The only complete kit he sells is the ... 
Low volume listening dynamics
Here is a neat article for your enjoyment.  https://www.decware.com/paper43.htmIt may help you with your quest for low volume listening. It is biased to tube/SET amps, but it also works for any setup (solid state). My latest amp purchase was a 195... 
New TT for ~$1500
Check out SOTA. The Moonbeam is around $1200 and the Comet is around $1700. There is a model in between I just don't remember the name of it. They also trade in (buyback) their old models. They also repair their own turntables. 
Which is better for a DBA (Swarm); powered subs or unpowered?
Here is some info to help anyone sort out the "Swarm" .https://jamesromeyn.com/audiokinesis-speaker-models/debra/He makes a licensed clone of the Audio Kinisis Swarm. It sums up the design philosophy quite nicely.I am thinking about building my ow... 
Child Damage Mitigation
Watching a toddler is like nailing Jello to a tree. My daughter liked to "adjust" the settings on my subwoofer in my home theater system. I just made sure I wrote down what they were so I could put them back. Still have the same system now. She wi...