Best Pre Amp for Rotel 980?

I am seeking a Budget Pre Amp for my Rotel 980. Since this is going to be my second system, I don't want to overspend. yet I want it to sound decent I believe I may need a Tube Pre Amp given the Rotels forward & a bit harsh sound. Any suggstions?
I have this amp and liked it very much paired with a Classe CP-35, which used to be Classe's entry-level pre-amp. Used, the CP-35 could be considered a "budget" preamp, depending on your budget, I guess!

I use that amp in a second system now myself, with an inferior pre-amp. I have tried it with a half-dozen pre-amps, including Rotel's own (way to "mushy" for me) and Adcom's high-end pre-amp of the day (too bright for me, but my second choice). The CP-35 gave more definition and resolution, without being sterile or overly bright.

YMMV, because our taste (and speakers/rooms/etc) may differ. I wouldn't describe the Rotel amp as forward or harsh.


Give Decware a look: