My “Dream” system needs a preamp


Ok, this is a recent decision to build a two channel Dream system. Im leaning towards Magnapan 1.7i’s, a Denon DP59L and possibly a Krell type KSA250 solidstate class A........

i really liked a few preamps in the past from GoldenTube, AudibleIllusions, CounterPoint.....but its been years. My guess all these would fetch $2.5K or below on the used market, so align new gear suggestions at this price, my guess an outboard mm/mc preamp

your thoughts to my analog dream
kgveteran
I suggest auditioning both the 1.7i and .7 Maggies. I prefer the latter.


I'd talk to Don Sachs about him building you one of his SP14 preamps.  At your price you could get one new with some nice upgrades I'd think.  Backert also makes nice preamps in that price range.  Best of luck. 
i am thinking tubes,the DonSachs preamp looks like an option.....

that Ayre is sweet, like 4K used, but it does include a mm/mc phono stage, my guess same caliber as the preamp, i really hope i can pull this off :0)
DonSachs or Linear Tube Audio are excellent choices.
I can strongly recommend Supratek.
Look into Backert Labs.
As a recent owner of Don Sachs latest preamp--which fully loaded lands just at the top of your $2.5K price range--I can confirm that it is just tremendous. I think the Backert Labs and Supratek suggestions are also good. I couldn't be more pleased with the Don Sachs preamp, and his KT88 amp is just as good.
Here's another vote for the supratek and or the Don Sachs. I was about to pull the trigger on a Don Sachs when I switched over and decided to get the Supratek. 
Have had Don Sachs preamp since May and it is amazing.  Well worth the build time wait.
Just put a Sach's preamp into my exercise room system last note.  Holy smokes, it is a terrific preamp.  Clean, clear, spacious with nary a hint of solid state etch or grain.  It's a great preamp period.  For the money, it is stupid good.
Disregard my prior post.  I am awaiting my Sachs preamp the prior post is my Schilling the Truth preamp commentary.  Sorry for the heat lagged post.

Buy a nice used Counterpoint SA-2000 or SA-3000 and send it to me for modification.  It will be way under your budget and sound better than most preamps you can purchase on the market.


Happy Listening

Supratek Cabernet.  Just replaced my 2x expensive PS Audio BHK Signature pre with the Supratek and couldn't be happier.  
I would suggest reaching out to Aric Audio. He builds some fantastic tube gear. 
I agree with two already mentioned. Aric Audio and Linear Tube Audio, both excellent.
+1 for Backert. I had a Rhumba 1.2 before upgrading to the 1.3 Extreme. The 1.2 was super in my system and responded very well to tube rolling. Buying used limits your ability to demo so you'll have to proceed with some blind faith if you go that route. Backert has a nice trade in/up program so you might try reaching out to them to see if they have used units for sale or demo.