I'm happy with my Classe CP-60 w/ MM/MC phono stage. It also has a surround passthrough for my HT. List was $4200, I believe $3700 w/o phono. You can find them for less than $2K used. Good luck.
My klyne sk-6 pre is actually my favourite component. The sound is wonderful and it has all the facilities I need, including adjustable gain (no remote, but who cares?!). It is a little old (late eighties, early nineties I think) and for $2000 you might find the newer system six preamps (used). Only thing is that I rarely see them on the used market. Good luck with the search.
Being a McIntosh fan, I should maybe suggest you look into
one of the McIntosh preamps. Great build quality - and
very decent level control - both manually and with the
remote.If you are only using two channel audio, you might
look into the C-15 or C-712 preamps. Both have RCA and
balanced outputs, and can be had new or used for well under
Bullwinkle's suggestion of a Klyne is rock solid. Most of the Klyne gear is well above the other brands mentioned here. You won't see too many of them used for two reasons:
1) There aren't that many built as these are all hand built by the designer himself. As such, they fall into the "labor of love" / "i did the best i could possibly do" category
2) The people that have them aren't parting with them
Those two statements alone should tell you what you need to know about Klyne gear. Sean