Try an Airtight preamp; there is one for sale right now. The VTL 5.5 is a great unit, too.
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I agree with above, there's an Air Tight ATC-1 full-function preamp on here right now for $1900. I used to own the same pre and it was fantastic sounding, with an excellent mm phono-stage to boot. I would assume the synergy would be there given their the same brand. And if not that I would strongly recommend checking out Herron, I love my VTSP-1A. Good luck and happy listening!
I would suggest the Air Tight ATC-2 and an outboard phono stage. I have had both the Air Tight ATM2 and ATM3 amps in my system as well as the ATC-1 and now ATC-2 preamp.The ATC-1 preamp is very good....the phono section is for MM cartridge only. The ATC-2 is a big step up from ATC-1. You can find them used on A'gon. There are lots of phono sections to choose from that are good.....aesthetix Rhea, Benz Lucaschek PP-1, Sutherland PHD, Acoustec PH-1. In terms of local dealer to provide home auditions....depends on where you live.