Managed to acquire most of a computer from my brother this afternoon, this one is small enough to fit in the bottom of my hifi rack. I swapped the disk and memory over from the previous machine, and it refused to boot. In the end I formatted and reinstalled, and all was well. Next job it to recycle the previous machine as a webserver to replace cartman, and then rebuild that to go to my brother to act as a mailserver for him.
I finally got a turntable this morning, an old Dual one which used to belong to my late uncle, all I need now is some connectors to lengthen the fixed phono leads so that they reach my amp. I ordered some from Maplins this morning so they should be here by midweek, and I can then spend countless hours rediscovering my vinyl collection.