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What percentage of the time do you listen to records vs. digital sources?
RV, For the reasons you mention re classical music I found I was rarely  listening to my LP collection. My CD based system (and CDs) had become quite adequate and I gave my vinyl system and LP's to my grandson in law who just loves them. They now ... 
Best replacements for KT99A tubes?
FWIW, I believe that there is little, if any, difference between the KT99 and the KT90. The former's designation as a KT99 was adopted by the tube manufacturer (relabeler?) and sold at a premium price. So I was told. I used the KT99 in some Sonic ... 
Analogue from Digital
I think that all you accomplish by going to vinyl from a digital recording is imposing all of the inherent noise problems associated with vinyl on top of the sound issues associated with digital recordings. A well recorded (and played back) CD can... 
Jolida Foz SS-X Tube buffer & soundstage expander?
Far too soon to do or even think about any of that stuff - unit is not fully broken in nor is my understanding of its sound and use. I'm just having fun tinkering with it. 
Jolida Foz SS-X Tube buffer & soundstage expander?
I just bought one of these for the fun involved in playing something different. I’ve always wondered about the effect of adding more out of phase sound to the front speakers. Now I know. In small doses it can definitely be additive.I have a fairly... 
You own a store, you sell 2 brands, which?
As a store owner what is my motivation? Make as much money as possible or cater to a small segment of anal audiophiles with great expectations and a small wallet? 
Fidelity vs. Musicality...........Is there a tug of War?
I want to change my response. 'Musicality' rests (or should I think) in a listener's reaction to a performance, not to his audio system. I offer two examples, Richters live Sofia performance of Mussorgsky's  'Pictures' and Zlata Chovhieva' perform... 
Fidelity vs. Musicality...........Is there a tug of War?
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Which component to upgrade to improve bass control?
Pulling your speakers out from the back wall generally helps avoid a bass bump. I would think 3 feet would be ok, but could it be that your listening chair is located in a bass node? That happens a lot when folks place their chair up against a wal... 
Biggest "bang for the buck" audio gear you have owned(in your history)?
Audio Research SP10II. Bought in '85. Used thru 2010. My current Silverline Boleros. Quad 63s USA Monitors and an Threshold SA 3. All great stuff, then and still. 
Looking for a tube preamp with remote control.
Simple set up. Two additional short I/C's to and from tape out/in and plug it in. When you want to use it you just switch to 'tape in'. If you want to hear it without the remote you simply switch back to 'source'. FWIW I used a Placette which is a... 
Looking for a tube preamp with remote control.
Why not just get an add on passive remote control and insert it into your pre-amps tape loop? Worked well for me.  A good quality one will not change the sound of your system. 
Classical Music for Aficionados
A special thank you to Jim for his recommendation this spring of the music by Zlata Chochieva. I got it all presently available. I'm especially fond of her Etudes by Chopin.  Lyrical and then some. :-) 
The first system you had that was "high end/audiophile", by you standards
1985+/-. ARC SP10II, Oracle Delphi, Micro Benz Glider, Threshold SA3, Thiels CA3 w/Mod. Sounded pretty good to me at the time, but in retrospect I wish I had my present set of Silverline Bolero's. I could really still enjoy this combo (ex Thiels) ... 
Sound bar for Dialogue
rdoc, The Zvox I referred to was not incorporated into my 2 channel audio system which I use exclusively for music. I only use the Zvox for TV (in different rooms) and it replaces the 'full range' (haha) speakers in the TV. Great for what it does ...