A big thanks to Audio Emotion in Leven in Fife.
Gary and Mark have been very patient and let me swither and experiment whilst ekeing out the best value for my modest (c. £1.8K) budget. Prices they have been quoting match online/direct sales and all the recommendations have been within budget (rather than the upselling approach - although I have been fairly effective at upselling myself on some stuff!). They have also made recommendations from new and secondhand stock, extending the options.
I'm at the bottom end of their customer base (some stuff they are selling is around £40K!) but have never been made to feel rushed or that my tastes and choices are any less important than those of other folk.
So - if you live in the Scottish Central Belt and are looking for decent hi-fi advice, no pressure, a relaxed listening room/shop environment and no parking hassles I recommend them wholeheartedly.