Save up for the EAR.
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If you can live with an MM-only phono pre, then I recommend the Antique Sound Labs ini Phono, an extremely musical and capable tubed phono unit - like the EAR 834 - which retails for roughly $250 new. Throw in some matched quality tubes for an extra $50. Once you consider used units as well as new, then choice depends on availability while you're hunting. Good luck.
Very simple, TTRHP. You already have at least something that works- why spend more money something that you really don't want? Take a deep breath, wait a couple months while you save $300 by not buying other things you also don't want (audio and otherwise), then get something you really, actually, truly, honestly want.
My vote is for the Monolithic Sound PS1/HC1 combo. A good, trustable source tells me it is better than the PS2. It will definitely be quieter than the EAR and it is a smaller/cheaper relative (circuit topology wise) of the classic Klyne phono stages.
With the money saved you coul get a decent power cord, some cones and exotic wood blocks. Think about it...