How does my amp stack up

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I bought my Croft 25R tube phono pre here for a good deal less than the new $2600 price tag. I find it outstanding. Simple, no-frills (MM only but SUT is better than FET) with point to point wiring. It responds to any tweak and rolled tubes bring it to another level and it really makes music. While it is more popular and highly praised in its native UK, I have seen it mentioned here from time to time. Question: How does it stack up against the likes of the Herron, VTL 2.5, Chinook etc. from a sound quality perspective ?