No I would not. $1600 is overpriced for that . It was about $1800 new. You should take a look at the Quicksilver linestage preamps. The remote 6DJ8 is $1595,and the non remote 12AT7 is $995. I have owned both and they are a true bargain!
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I think the Manley would be a great buy, a new one with remote retails for $3800 used $2,000 all day, the Shrimp was a earlier NON remote version so it was less. The circuit design is very simple and it can drive any amp (200ohm output). Also, The sound is amazing! The ModWright is a great pre amp as well. I have had both in my listening room, the Manley Shrimp is still in my system and the ModWright is in my fathers system. They are both great deals indeed! I owned a Quicksilver pre amp in the 90's, seemed a little cool and dry for a "tube" component IMO. I sold it.
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I can second this. I've been enjoying this amazing piece of gear for a couple of months now. This hits WAY above its price point. Highly musical, yet all the details are there. Cymbals ring and shimmer, voices are "you are there" (they are here?). PRAT reminds me of the better NAIM gear, except now add some richness. I bet Don's amps are amazing as well.