nordicnorm

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phono preamp < $500
This appears to be a risk-free option worth considering:https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649666162-custom-phono-stage-based-on-akitika-z-phono/http:// $300The seller appears to have done skillful work on this. And is willing to give you a no qu... 
Suggestions
These VTA M-125 monoblocks would be a good option:http://https//www.audiogon.com/listings/lisa6i1j-vta-m-125-mono-tube-power-amplifier-pair-bob-latino-tubes4hifi-m125-29698-tube Or, if you want to stay with C-J, here’s a nice MV-55:http://https//w... 
Suggestions
Short answer: there is no “best”.what’s your budget? 
DAC upgrade, new or used, $1000
Since you already like the sound of the Teac UD-301, I’d recommend looking for a used Teac UD-503.I had the Teac UD-501 and thought it a highly underrated DAC. I eventually replaced it with a Singxer SU-1 (highly modified - SBooster PS, upgraded d... 
Concert halls from around the world. What have been your favorites.
+1 for The Concertgebow in Amsterdam.The Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall (Winnipeg, MB Canada) competes with it. The acoustics are incredible. There is not a bad seat anywhere. I had the fortunate experience of playing on its stage when I was (mu... 
What are the speakers you very rarely find in the Used market(Audiogon or Anywhere)?
Upper models from Martin Logan (e.g. Spires and up). 
Don Sachs DS2 vs Wells Audio Commander
What tubes are you running? I have the Don Sachs Model 1 (with his 6BY5 tube rectifier mod) and I only hear tube noise when I first turn it on?I’m feeding a pair of Soundcraftsmen PM-860 monoblocks. 
Preamp recommendation
Although a bit long in the tooth, this BAT VK-3iX seems to tick all your boxes:BAT VK-3iX $1,790There are lots of options for (relatively) low cost upgrades e.g. tube rolling and a SIX-PAK capacitor option (the same ones found in the more expensiv... 
$1500 to spend...
IMHO, your biggest bang for the buck upgrade would be room treatments. 
Looking for a good system for my apartment. Any advise?
Although I have major $’s invested in my analog system (well over $5K), I wouldn’t recommend starting with one, unless you have an extensive vinyl collection already.Do you have a large CD collection? If not, pass on the CD player. Or rip your CDs... 
Finally Settled on a Preamp—Don Sachs Model 2 Custom Linestage
I’ve had a Don Sachs Model 1 since 2017. I recently had it updated to the 6BY5 rectifier. I’m very happy with it. 
Looking for a Tube preamp with Tube Rectifier stage <= $/£/€ 3000
Don Sachs Linestage 
$10K Budget for Speakers: Martin Logan Masterpiece vs Tannoy
Both ML and Tannoy make very good speakers. What sounds best to you, only you can determine.I own a pair of ML Spires.ML speakers require both space and power to sound their best. They are capable of going down to 1Ω which can blow up a lot of amp... 
Tube or SS
Why not go with tube preamp and SS amp?Best of both worlds... 
Whats your favourite track to play to the non hi-fi visitor?
I have enough genres of music to suitably 'wow' any tastes (except for Rap).But a few generic crowd pleasers are:I've got the Music in Me-Thelma Houston and Pressure Cooker; Sheffield Labs Direct to Disc LPAja- Steely Dan; any formatPink Martini- ...