why not ask this question here
Didn't really see any answers that I really felt like I could trust on that forum. My real intent was to figure out whether I could build a Bottlehead preamp that would sound good enough to use. I have recently acquired a Pass x-25, Supratek pre, Mytek Brooklyn, Musical Surroundings Nova Phonomena pre, Marantz tt-15. I was curious whether it (Bottlehead) would hold its own in that combination of equipment. I probably should have elaborated more. However, I have really read a lot of dumb stuff on here and didn't think this was out of line or belonged somewhere else. Certainly someone on this forum has built a Bottlehead phono preamp and can speak to sound quality, comparitively speaking.
If I were inspired, I would build one. Looks straight forward.
The website indicates 50 dbs. Good for HOMC. You can either integrate or have a separate step up.
This looks interesting as well. Tube rectified. Either one likely sounds great.
I built a Bottlehead Seduction phono amp in 2008 for $279. I added their $75 upgrade kit and later purchased upgraded tubes. I thoroughly enjoyed the build and learned a bit about electronics. Glad I did it, especially at such a low cost. I am still using it in a third system located in my record storage room. Bottleheads current offerings should be better. Go for it.