Originally Posted by JMT
I would recommend you PM moderator joelongwood, he is an avid vintage gear collector and is just a little bit insane.
I'm glad you said "just a little bit insane," JMT..........thanks for the kind words.
mattigol, two things I would recommend.
First, don't overlook the lower powered units in each manufacturer's line, as they go for a helluva lot less than the TOTL models. It's amazing to me how little wattage is really necessary for enjoyable music, particularly when they are REAL RMS per channel watts from 20hz-20 khz with both channels driven. The power meters on a few of my receivers and amps usually show less than 1 watt being used while the sound is pretty much in the "Turn it down!" mode..... (wife's words).
Secondly, there are some excellent receivers available from lesser known manufacturers such as Sherwood and Harmon Kardon. I have a Sherwood 7200 receiver in a walnut case that looks like it just came from the factory. The thing is over 30 years old, puts out about 35 watts per channel and sounds GREAT. They can be found on eBay for around $30-40! I also recommend the Harmon Kardon Twin Powered series, the 430, 630, 730, and 930. I have the 430 and 730, identical except the 730 has more wattage and pre in/out jumpers. They are probably my favorites as they have a very warm, full sound with none of the so-called SS harshness that gave SS a bad rap in it's early days. The H/Ks sound absolutely wonderful with any horn speakers, such as Klipsch or early Altec/JBL.
Enjoy the journey.