I'll need to do some more listening, using the albums you have. For now, adding Ken-Rad VT229 to your suggestion. I personally find it to have a good combination of clarity, smoothness, stage, and (more important) slam. I can also usually find a deal for these. Whereas the Red Base came back at $75 (in my search), the Ked-Rad was in the range $25-45. I'm not much of a tube roller either, so the Ken-Rad is what I use.