Questions about SACD vs.analog for classical music

I've just ordered a VPI Scoutmaster. A rather impulsive decision made at just the point when I was about to have my Sony 9000es modded. Not quite just at the point, but right after I removed my Hw-19jr/pt-6/Glider/blackcube rig from storage in order to get the parts ready for shipping to they new owners. I had what i thought would be my last night listening to the TT, after a several year hiatus, and you know what? There was that organic something, that harmonic coherence in certain recordings that I noticed only in the very best SACDs. In some of my LPs, that 'present' or 'real' feeling exceeded all but one or two of my SACDs (only the Rite of Spring on Telarc, a few tracks from the telarc classical sampler 2, and one other were superior to anything I heard on the VPI). OK, the SACDs were obviously cleaner sounding and more extended (I was using Stax sr-lambda phones) except when compared to a couple of the highest quality analogue productions lps I own, but it got me thinking: hey, if my humble jr. sounds this good now, I can only wonder how good one of the purportedly much improved high-end rigs would sound. The Sony mods would have cost upwards of $1300, but selling my jr. and lumping all that dough together and allocating it to a renewed involvement in analog looked, well, promising.
So I ordered a new Scoutmaster (at substantial discount) with the JMW-9 arm and am now by the way researching my options for cartridges and preamps. I've sold my blackcube, but have a Jolida JD-9 on load from a dealer, which sounds very nice with the jr. (the sold TT about to be shipped) - very vivid and harmonically satisfying, well articulated, etc - though it's not as quiet as the 'Cube and I even can hear some AM radio coming through my phones when I turn up my linestage preamp volume. But here I digress.
My main reason for starting this thread, aside from having some assorted questions about carts, preamps, and the like, is to ask for some objective and subjective opinions regarding the decision I just made. Bear in mind that my main interest is classical music, especially chamber (esp. string quartets, trios, wind quintets, etc) and piano with some orchestral, followed by classic rock and some Blue-Note era jazz. The SACD route seemed promising at first, and I told myself that, even though there were only a smattering of sacd recordings for many of my favorite classical performers (eg. Elly Ameling Soprano, Yo-Yo Ma, Rubinstein), there were so many truly talented lesser-knowns on the sacd scene (e.g. pianist Freddy Kempf on BIS, Csaba and Heisser on Praga digitals, and of course Paavo Jaervi on Telarc) that I deemed my chances of attaining long-term satisfaction with purely sacd (and a little redbook on the side) to be very good. Especially after sacd mods. As for classic rock, the SACD of the Police Synchronicity just blew me away (through Sennheiser HD600w/cardas cable).
But THEN it occurred to me that the only way to possibly hear my very favorite string quartet - the Vegh Quartet - in better than redbook fidelity was through vinyl. Ditto for numerous other performers who will never appear on sacd. Then of course there's always the Beatles, Stones, Jerry Garcia and others to sweeten the deal for vinyl. By the way, I sold my Ikemi redbook player in order to open up some new options and try something new. Even my girlfriend almost cried to see the Ikemi go, her having been converted just enough to an audiophile that she could absolutely see someone justifying having spent almost four grand on a source component (even a non-disc changer)
So what do you guys think? When my scoutmaster arrives, am I in for some visceral thrills and deep musical connection? I know that it's also dependent on the rest of my system, and so far I've narrowed cart choices down to the Lyras and the Shelters, leaning heavily towards the former. As for phono preamps I'm considering the Linto, Ear 834p mm/mc, and a few others including a modded Jolida JD-9 or something along those lines.

Is the scoutmaster, fitted with a $1000+ cartridge and a similarly priced phono preamp, going through Cardas golden reference into either a Bryston B60 integrated (and then to Sennheisers or B&wdm603) OR into a Stax srm-t1 tube driver of my Stax electrostats, going to 'knock my socks off' as suggested by Mike at VPI yesterday? How close can I get to SACD (especially to the 'pure DSD') fidelity through this setup? I know speed stability and noise floor will be drastically improved, giving tones accuracy and timbral accuracy, and i expect bass to be better and overall macro and microdynamics as well BUT... am I going to be able to achieve some of the same absolutely organic, sparkling, and pure sound of some of the better DSD recordings? What about the musical clarity per se of redbook, in particular when listening to string quartets and the like? Will I get a 'clean' sound in the tonal sense, not overly dark, but a sound that seems right? What about the upper octave of piano?
I once read an article long ago (i believe it was in stereophile) in which the author admitting to prefering cassette tape over vinyl due to it having cleaner and more pitch accurate upper octave reproduction. That was then, this is now. What do you guys think? (last time I'll ask that, I promise!)

I find it is all about the music and the appreciation of the art irrespective of which format you chose. If a cheapo tt set-up and one to two dollar albums found at garage sales (played on who knows what over the years) does it for you then great. I for one could never get beyond the vinyl noise and the hassle of setting the thing up. When I purchased my first cd player (philips CD-80) back in the early nineties my tt set-up became a non item and I never looked back; but that is my preference. Now I have a mooded SCD-1 and it is simply amazing how great it sounds on cd and sacd. If I ever had any inclination to try vinyl (because of what I read here) I don't now. A friend of mine has a very nice vinyl set-up that I have heard and thank you. But again that is my preference. For people to bash each other on this site to me is missing the point of this hobby and not contributing anything to the true spirit of friendship and information sharing or gathering. After all we all have something in common the enjoyment of listening to recorded music irrespective of format preference. And while I can not appreciate vinyl I can sppreciate those who do.

Vinyl sounds better that SACD. SACD is close but Vinyl is better. Bad Vinyl does not sound as good as SACD & bad SACD recordings don't sound as good as Vinyl. A great Vinyl rig will outpeform the EMM or similar SACD players. Check anyone here with both & read their posts & what they prefer. Is this absolute. Don't listen to vinyl if you want to enjoy your SACD. Listen to a poor analogue setup & you will be happy. Listen to a great one & you will get back on the vinyl bandwagon.

I mentioned the TT and cart. that I used on the front end. The Scout, the dyna cart. Discovery cables, Rogue Audio Stealth Preamp, analysis plus IC, etc.

It's a matter of opinion like you said, so how are you going to argue what I like or don't by arguing about tonearms? or whatever.

I've used this set up for years and have argued the vinyl digital thing and am frankly tired of the back and forth because it gets no where. So, I gave my opinion. I don't care who "trusts" me or not. It's an online forum. I would expect people to be slow to trust any of these posts. How can I trust you? Just because you list components. Anyone can make a list up.

That's why it's good to listen for yourself, decide for yourself, and who cares who agrees or not. By the way I'm not the only one that would rather listen to LP's over the best CD, SACD can offer, so if you don't want to trust me, then trust them.

As far as the "immature" thing: You misread my post.

You don't have to take me seriously, I don't care. Listen for yourself. I'm not the only one prefering vinyl over everything else.
sorry dgad - i disagree. it isn't absolute, no matter how badly you want it to be. i owned a Teres 265 table with an SME V arm and a Van den Hul Colibri cartridge. SACD is more real to my ears. period. i don't like the euphonic additions that vinyl playback has. (well, not so much that i don't like them, they just aren't real)

your argument that anyone who has both prefers vinyl is invalid.

in fact - there's another regular on the asylum who posted that if he'd bought his EMM gear before investing in a rockport, he'd never have bought the TT. (i'm going from memory here, so it's a praphrase, at best)

you can prefer vinyl all you want, but don't pull this "you've never heard good vinyl before" BS on me, because i've heard about as quality vinyl playback as you can, and i prefer digital. (short of a rockport, of course. i'd still love to hear one)
Lazarus28...I have sworn off expressing any opinion about vinyl vs high res digital (you want to see the tooth marks?) but I must agree that the "you've never heard good vinyl before" remark is tiresome.