Responses from mickeyb

Advice on Repairs for Audio Research VT100 Mk II
Dump it. Buy a ss amp. Not worth the 2k repair charge.  call it a learning lesson.   
Which Solid State amplifier would you recommend for my budget?
Krell ksa100 if you can find one used and recapped. They sound sublime and are true class a to 100 watts.   
Who is Gonna Buy A New Jeep Grand Wagoneer For the MacIntosh Stereo?
98’ ls 400 one of the best cars ever built. The late 90’s to early 2000’s Lexus, Toyota, Hondas we’re some of the most reliable, well built cars of all time.  It’s a shame they went   
Nearly all manufacturers do not advertise/exhibit their product measurements? Why?
Cause it’s about the music man! Not the measurements.   
How good does my system have to be to realize an improvement with cables?
I have a 2.5k cable on a realistic receiver from the 70s. The difference in sound quality is mind blowing. Smokes my buddies 40k gryphon system.   
Transients hurting my ears on hifi solid state amps
Get an older krell class A amp. They are very smooth and non fatiguing. The ksa series and you can have them rebuilt for under a grand. The build quality is exceptional and it’s pure class A. They do get hot but man do they sound sweet.     
I’m glad your experience went well. As others have stated, their prices are beyond ridiculous. The music room has much more realistic pricing with great customer service.   
Softest, smoothest sounding capacitors you've tried?
V caps are very nice sounding caps. Quite expensive .   
Rogue pharaoh II or Cronus Magnum III ?
Magnum sounds good but the build quality is suspect.   
Which pair of speakers changed your Hifi life?
Guy owed me money for carpentry work when I was 20. He paid with with some kef 104/2. That started it for me nearly 34 yrs ago. Too bad I couldn’t afford a proper amp but I loved those speakers.   
Best Stereo Upgrade Value
Dynaudio - Made in China vs Denmark
Send them back. The cost savings is going in the pockets of upper management.  F&$k them. I believe in the long run you will find that the quality is not there. The drivers are but the cabinets? Well……  
What do you use to keep high gloss speakers clean?
Pledge and a microfiber cloth. Money   
Cartridge Force - Is a Little 'Over-Force' Okay?
2.7g is about 40% over recommended vtf.  I’d dial it down. You will lose high frequency extension.   
Looking for a change.
Class A amp all the way!