Try the Quicksilver. you should be able to buy a used line with remote for less than $1,000
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You might want to take a look at a Tube Audio Design TAD- 150 Signature, which can be had used for about $800-$850. It is tube based with a pair of 12AU7 or 12AT7s, has a phonostage, 3 rca inputs, dual pre outputs, HT bypass, and remote control. It has a lot of the sonic signature you are looking for.
But you are right there are a lot of pres out there to consider.
I used the Dodd and it was close to my custom LDR (light dependent resistor) preamp, which is really as good as anything I've ever heard. I've compared the LDR (based on the Lightspeed design but with multiple LDR inputs) to a few other preamps beside the Dodd and in my system it betters everything up to the ARC Ref series. There's a new LDR preamp I saw on 6 Moon from a company called Tortuga Audio. Might be worth seeing if they have a return policy. LDRs are popping up in the highest priced units from companies like Constellation so you know the technology is good. I think as it trickles down everyone will be using them.
Thanks Dhcod and Newbee.
I have a Lightspeed (I have had many other pre's) in my older system and still in this one. I will agree that it is the best pre that I have used period. But their is a good amount of music that I would like to deviate a bit from neutral. It will be in my system for certain music, the Lightspeed will be in it most of the time. I really appreciate the Joule recommendation. I see one on the 'gon so I am going to give that real consideration. Thanks again for all the suggestions.