Responses from tubegb

What’s your latest high-end audio purchase?
A previously enjoyed (used) Audio Research VSi75 integrated amplifier.  
Where did you buy your first audio gear?
Leo's Stereo, Newport Beach, CA circa 1975. An all-Pioneer quad system. The "upgrading" began less than two weeks later...    
What are/were the best sounding cheap components you have ever had?
Advent 300 receiver, NAD 3020B integrated amplifier, original Advent Loudspeakers and Precision Fidelity C7A preamplifier.  
Small Form-Factor CD Player/Transport
I own a Pro-Ject CD Box S ($499 new) that has been utilized in several different systems over time. It is musical, built very solidly, and reliable. Although well under your targeted budget, I would humbly suggest not leaving it out of the potenti... 
Whats on your turntable tonight?
Elvis Costello And the Attractions "Armed Forces" - UK first pressing, January 1979  
VTL information
You might try the following online resource: audio.manualsonline.com  
Technic’s Malaysian turntables …QC experience/ feedback from actual users/owners?
ml8764ag Keep in mind that the Pioneer PLX-1000 turntable is sourced from Technics. It too has documented issues with platter warping that can be researched online.  
New mat for Rega P6?
I neglected to address the primary reason/issue for your post. Static reduced significantly. Unscientific, but estimate 75-80% less.  
New mat for Rega P6?
I use a Herbie’s mat on my Planar 8. It can be ordered in the same thickness (2mm) as the stock Rega felt mat. I perceive zero downside in terms of sonic performance.  
Whats on your turntable tonight?
Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed UK Decca, purple label  
Whats on your turntable tonight?
Azymuth - Flame  1984 Milestone/Fantasy - label  
Whats on your turntable tonight?
Doc Powell - The Doctor 1982 Vital 6 VTL/Vital/Vacuum Tube Logic - label  
Whats on your turntable tonight?
Bob Dylan - Infidels  
Whats on your turntable tonight?
"Notes With Attachments" Pino Palladino and Blake Mills  
Whats on your turntable tonight?
The LA4: The LA4 1976 / Concord Jazz / CJ-18 Laurindo Almeida, Ray Brown, Shelly Manne and Bud Shank