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Shout out your favorite Audio dealer!!
Jeff Harris with Reference Analog is Oklahoma..  Great after purchase customer service I've ever dealt with... and one of the nicest dealers I've dealt with.   
Which new amp to get?
Zesto Audio Bia amp is a great, easy to use (no fuss) tube amp.  Though I know solid state is what you seem to be targeting 
wilson sasha daw or B&W 800 d3 or rockport Atria II or dali epicon 8 or sonus faber amati
For the Sonus Faber Amati Tradition, I actually prefer the Sonus Faber Amati Futura much better.  The newest line isn't always better, and the Futura is more to my tastes.  Just food for thought.  The newest Tradition line, added more treble energ... 
Music lover or audiophile?
My audio dealer, Jeff Harris of Reference Analog in Oklahoma, has summed it well, imho:"I really like experimenting with different playback equipment and setups. The gear does bring me as much joy as the music. I don’t own the gear simply to recre... 
Turntable options
I'd go with the VPI's Direct Drive.   If you have any further questions on it, feel free to PM me anytime.    Cartridge choice is always variable based on your preferences, and would need more info on your tastes to give some options.  Best of luc... 
Thinking to upgrade speakers
I love my Serafino’s! Wonderful sound. If I had the money and the room to warrant it I would be happy with the Amati. But you need to the power for the Amati pair. I power my Serafino with Tubes at 150W and I couldn’t be happier. They can fill my ... 
WHAT TURNTABLE?
I would also highly suggest you contact the Reference Analog. The owner is Jeff Harris and is one of the best analog guys around. He does in home cartridge setup and will not steer you wrong. I’ve bought all my gear from him, including all my VPI ... 
Looking for a New Cartridge
I didn't like the Soundsmith cart on my VPI table.  Yes, it was a good match compliance wise, but just didn't like the dry sound.  I have owned the Ortofon Quintet Black and Kiseki on my VPI, and also know the Cadenzra series well. If you like the... 
PrimaLuna Integrated Premium HP match Sonus Faber Venere 3.0 speakers.
Completely disagree with the previous post.  I had a Primaluna HP Integrated with Sonus faber Olympica IIIs and was a wonderful match.   Had it for years.     
Big speakers in small room at moderate volume levels
Something like the Marten Django L would work well.  They are always paired with Zests audio gear at shows and sound wonderful in smaller hotel rooms.  The fuller size XL's would be too much in the small room, so the L's and other similar manufact... 
Nature of the current used speaker market
Yep, I agree. I’ve seen the same Sonus Faber Futuras on for months, now currently 5 pairs. I’ve seen Marten Django speakers that never sell as well as the other brands you’ve mentioned. I don’t get why sellers keep the same price over and over aga... 
Help me choose a speaker match for my Line Magnetic 805ia tube amp under $10K
@freesole,I've owned the Olympica III, and the highs were the completely opposite than "harsh."   If you felt the treble area was harsh and fatiguing, then it was coming from some other component in the system, not the Sonus Fabers.   Remember tha... 
SF Serafino vs SF Elipsa SE
Yes, Sonus Fabers on the used market are a tough sell.   They are always plentiful - always easy to find Olympicas, Guarneri Evos, Cremonas, Elipsas, Strads, Futuras, and now even the newest Tradition line are available on the used market.  I just... 
Recommendations for CD Player/DAC Combo
A used EAR Yoshiono Acute 3 is around the $3k budget.  The newest version Acute Classic is excellent, but a used one is above the $3k budget limit.  Probably around $4500 used.  The EAR is the best CD/DAC combo I've heard.   
Harbeth 40.1 vs Sonus Faber Olympia III
My dealer just got a pair of 40.1s in on trade. Feel free to PM me and will give you his info if you are interested.  Best of luck with whatever you decide to get.. they are both fantastic speakers.  The nice thing about the Harbeths is you can us...