... I recommend the McIntosh MR-78 or a Marantz 10B. The new school I recommend any of the Magnum-Dynalab tuners...
the mr-67 is also a fine tuner (from what i've heard tell). for a wealth of information and ratings/shootouts, take a look at www.fmtunerinfo.com
i remember doing a tour of Sonic Frontiers and having a good talk with one of the designers. he used to listen to an old dynaco fm-3 to get CBC (Canadian NPR
But be careful with older tube tuners. i have a Eico FM tuner at the office that has a weird whistle for all stations but CBC and a matching Eico AM tuner that has really bad reception all across the band.
whatever you choose, put some thought into your antenna. Old TV rabbit ears are good, and Magnum sells a nice whip style antenna as well as some traditional roof top models and a set of high-tech rabbit ears. I also have an old article by Scott Dorsey (NASA engineer/Audiophile) on making a tuned antenna using copper tubing.
of course if you're going to hook the tuner up to the cable signal, then the antenna and antenna section becomes less critical.
however half the fun of tuners is pulling in from the air, or moreso, DX'ing from far distances.
as a kid i hooked the furnace duct work to my AM antenna and could pull in boston stations from ottawa canada. in university i happened into a residence room that got a multipath bounce allowing me to pull in Toronto Stations from London Ontario.
I've been thinking about a tuner too, for using during the last couple of hours of listening at night when i don't want to walk "all the way" over to the CD/TT and keep changing media. Better to fall asleep listening to music than in front of the television
what do you think of the other Magnum-DynaLabs? i have heard that the lower end ones are not so hot (etude and FT-11) and have occasionally looked at used FT-101A tuners.