being in CA, they should look to Kevin Deal @ Upscale Audio
I'm in Oklahoma and have bought stuff from him for years with nothing
but great experiences.
He's considered the nation's tube guru, but he also is one of the
most complete non tube audio dealers out there. He gets deals
no other audio stores get because of his buying power, and he just
built a new 10 thousand square ft showroom outside LA
If I was shopping for THIS with him, I would select:
KEF LS50 Bookshelfs (no better one out there anywhere, Stereophile Class A!) 999.00 a pair, regularly 1299
NAD C388 Integrated, list 1500 (he will make you a deal) Add the 300.00 Bluesound card and you have
world class Tidal streaming, so he can hear all the other music out there not in that Vinyl Collection.....
VPI Prime Scout turntable (considered the best buy on a turntable out there currently) list 2299
He actually bought his own special edition table with upgraded arm and finishes along with the 20 lb platter upgrade
and it would be worth doing if you can get a great deal)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M Bronze (no brainer, no MC stage required, NAD amp already set up for it), best MM out there.....440 list
I think you should be able to get all this for under 5K, and the upgraded turntable you should be able to get for
well under 6K, then just add cables and you're set......
6 grand shouldn't be spent on internet or review buys.....invest in developing a relationship with a dealer, where you can
hear this stuff and rely on his experience. Kevin is really one of the most respected dealers in the entire country, the fact
he is in your back yard would make it a no brainer for me. Go put your hands and ears on some of this stuff.....https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=Xt7JWZMeNJg