Oh, by the way... Re: the OP, if you know what you're looking for, craigslist can be a good source of decent gear for cheap. They're not my cup of tea, but there are a lot of Polk and Klipsch speakers out there that go for low prices. If you have the room for a pair of floorstanding Klipsch from the KG series, these don't fetch much money. They are big. They sound pretty good, though, and will go crazy loud with any power at all. Sometimes you can find older Klipsch Reference series speakers for low money (RF or RB models). Those are better, imo.
Good luck. I got into tube gear back in the early 1980s because that stuff gave me good sound for little money (back then, not now!). There are always audio bargains to be had. The problem is finding what is undervalued at the moment.
Hopelessly addicted to this stuff, but on a strict budget.
Snell Type C speakers
Homebrew DC-coupled, push-pull, 2A3 amp, Intact Audio volume control
RIAA preamp (similar to Arthur Loesch design) - Thorens TD124 w/ Audiocraft AC-3000 - Denon DL160
Pioneer Elite PD-D6-J (CD, SACD)