Hey, my old kind of crappy Yamaha stereo has starting acting up and rather than spend more money on it than I have invested in it, I'd like to start over. I have a friend who's an audiophile and after a great afternoon at his house years ago, I've had it in my head that I wanted a vintage Marantz receiver to build around. I see them on craigslist all the time, but don't really know what to look for. Someone mentioned their's recently and it made me want to ask here. Any recommendations on choosing a Marantz or similar type of system? I feel like there's a lot of stuff available here locally if I just knew what I was looking for. My house is not that big and I'm not a teenager, so it's not so much about how loud vs how clear and faithful it is. I'll use it for CD and Vinyl, plus local radio. Thanks for whatever direction you can give me. Q: Why don't I ask my aforementioned "friend"? A: Because he's flaky...but he has a great system. He's good about telling me "no, not that one." But, not giving me direct advice.