Hi, Well, I had a very interesting experience at the weekend. My father's cheapo midi system has died recently so I offered to give him some of my 'retired' components; a Creek 4040s2 integrated amp, Genexxa hybrid speakers, old Technics CDP and old Technics tape deck. I went round at the weekend and wired it all up. I also connected my father's old Bush turntable - a very cheap marginally hi-fi piece from the mid-nineties. We then went thru each source in turn checking that it all worked OK. I was absolutely gobsmacked when we got to the turntable. He put on an early sixties LP called 'Music From The Greek Islands'. Wow! It was so, for want of a better word, musical. It sounded more musical than my hi-fi at home (Krell integrated, Arcam CD23 + B&W 805s). Damn. So, it has occurred to me that I actually have a turntable lying around at home. It's a Dual from the late eighties/early nineties which a friend gave me when he emigrated. I've never even opened the box... Assuming that I'd like to give the Dual a whirl I'm guessing that I'd need a phono stage of some sort. So, what would people recommend as a 'starter' phono stage? I assume that the valve-based ones are hideously expensive? Are they worthwhile? Regards, Jules.