Responses from hezagenius

Classical Top Five
Get rid of Brahms.  I'll take Tchaikovsky and Handel. 
Technics 1200G phono recommendations
I'm in the same boat as the OP.  Another stage I'm looking at is the Pro-ject Phono Box RS2.  Seems like it covers a lot of bases but it's very new so I haven't seen any user reviews yet. 
Suggest one obsure album we all should hear
Valium Aggelein - Black MoonMostly instrumental spacy KrautrockIt's a compilation reissue of some rare releases from the 90s from the alter ego of the band Duster 
What other hobby...
Homebrewing.  The variables and choices are endless.