Responses from tubegb

Who has heard and can comment on any of these brands??
I have had a pair of Audio Physic Virgo III loudspeakers in my system for the past nine years. While every other component has “come and gone” multiple times, the speakers remain. They’re reasonably easy to drive, very balanced in terms of the fre... 
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