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Vacuum Tube Break-in
You might not believe it, but some folks can't hear a difference between tubes of the same type either. Personally I never make decisions about tubes until they have run in for 24 hours. :-)  
TT quandary
What exactly do you think you can improve by changing the TT. Frankly if I were starting new I doubt that I would have chosen a VPI, but that said its more of a different choice in design - there is nothing wrong with your VPI that will IMHO audib... 
Do your speakers bite??
If my speakers were to ’bite’ I’d either get new speakers or more synergistic components. Most what you call ’bite’ is, IMHO, not much more than equipment which has a peak in the upper mid range utilized in a band aid approach (cheap & easy) t... 
Stylus skipping at beginning of record
Don’t remember. :-) But if faced with it now the first thing I’d try would be to increase (slightly) the VTF and see if that solved the problem. VTF is a moving target but your cartridge maker should have spec’d a range. The other possibility (if ... 
What a difference a setting makes.
RV, good on you! As I've said or implied in other posts, it all matters. 2 things not to overlook are the VTA and how it is affected by record thickness, and the VTF which by the way affects the VTA. I used to have two mats, one for records of a s... 
Is it worth upgrading a CD player?
Actually there is considerable difference between a CD transport (what you are using your Marantz as) and dedicated transports. I have and use regularly an Audiolab 6000. A transport on devise. I have 3 very good CDP’s - used as a transport alone ... 
Classical piano solo—Your one favorite performance and recording
As mike in nc said, I can't give you just one - I have too many to choose from, maybe far too many. But just to be a little bit obnoxious, you mentioned Gould and Bach. If you want to hear a modern recording of the Goldberg Variations by a young a... 
Do You Tell Others How Much You Have Invested in Your System?
No. Not even if they were to ask. Actually few of them have any real interest and would be too polite even if they cared.  
Parity
bdp24, Well said and mirrors my thoughts exactly. I also tend to agree with Steve's position, at least it reflects my feelings. I put together a near SOTA system in the 80's (not because I was smart but because I could) and found that early digit... 
Comparing Grace F9 to Empire EDR9 cartridge
FWIW I used an F9 with stock stylus in a Sumiko tone arm (Jelco I believe) with stock headshell and into an ARC SP10. I thought it was wonderful compared to what was then available. It was a MM cartridge which really didn’t mean that much to me ba... 
tube burn mcintosh pre-ampIs
IME any tubes MUST burn in for at least 24 hours before you can be sure that what you're hearing is a fair representation of what the tubes' sound will be. For small tubes much change beyond 24 hours will be small (unless you're super anal) power ... 
Looking for good recordings of female vocals I have not yet tried...
Three jazz singers I think are overlooked - Rene Marie, Mary Stallings, and Laverne Butler all on the Maxjazz label. Excellent artists.  
How far and wide? NSMT speaker placement
FWIW I have a 19.5 x 13.5 x 9 ft room. Speakers are 6 feet from wall behind them (short wall) and my listening position is in an equilateral triangle with speakers toed in with axis crossing just to the sides of my ears. Speakers are Silverline Bo... 
What Neutral Means in Reviews & Our Discussions? Are We Confusing Tame/Flat For Neutral?
FWIW mattw73, the musicality must exist in the source. Then, if the audio set up is neutral, it should sound 'musical'. I find the discussion between wolfe_garcia and phusis interesting. IMHO you can optomize live performances and you can optomiz... 
What Neutral Means in Reviews & Our Discussions? Are We Confusing Tame/Flat For Neutral?
sfcfran, Good luck finding an unbiased lexicographer or one that the majority would accept. I think ghdprentice is correct when he sez that high end audio is not for those uncomfortable with ambiguity. So far as I know Diogenes is still looking, a...