For a bit of fun and out of interest I've bought myself a budget system off Ebay and been transported back to the early 90's!
I'd hankered after hearing one of the old Creek amps so when I saw the advert and he was fairly local to me, I went for it.
An absolutely mint Creek 4040 s2 amp, a Revolver Rebel 21 turntable (with Ortofon 510 mkII cartridge), a pair of Wharfedale Diamond 2 speakers, and a pair of Mission stands. The seller had owned the equipment from new (1993) and had clearly looked after his gear over the years. What a smart little box this Creek is, I can fully understand why they were popular back in the day.
Just listening to Steely Dan's Aja and it's sounding pretty damn good. I think the stylus might be on it's last legs, and the speakers are most definitely the weak link in the chain, but it goes to show that you don't have to spend a fortune to enjoy a few LPs.
It's not a replacement for my current Creek/Pro-Ject, but I thought I'd have a play with it for a bit then sell the various components on at a later date without loss I'm sure.
..you should have seen the look on my wifes face when I walked in with the boxes