Originally Posted by marvin
The Sophia Electric Baby can be had for ~500 USD used. Pretty good with the K-1000 and cuts down on the brightness that can come with SS amps. But, I like the resolution and soundstage of the Clari-T (modded T-amp) more than the smoothness of that the tubes brough so mine sits unused until I get some decent speakers.
Or you can find a different version (EL84 tubes) of the Sophia amp on E-bay:http://cgi.ebay.com/Int-Tube-Amplifi...QQcmdZViewItem
No idea how it gets sold like that, but sounds pretty driving K1000 or speakers.
I would rank: Cayin>Sophia Clone>T-amp, based on my comparisons
Or you could try a hybrid amp Jolida JD301A ($350), which is basically as good as the Sophia Clone for K1000.