Need some recommendations on Tube Preamps

I recently bought a pair of magnapan 1.6QR which are outstanding speakers. Although this may not have been beneficial for me but when I auditioned the system used was accompanied with a tube preamp. I currently have solid state Bryston BP20 and 3BST system. Sound is great but tube preamp was sweet sounding. My question is what would you folks recommend for a tube preamp paired up with a Bryston 3BST? My price range would be around $2000.00 and my listening pleasure is opera or classical! thanks
Keep what you have as a pre but get a tube output CD player, like the Raysonic 168 and add cryoed NOS tubes. It is awesome, and tube replacement couldn't be easier- they are on the top
Conrad Johnson premier 17lsI or 14 used. Both come with remote and are excellent sounding and highly reviwed (recommended) pre amps. Both should give you what you are seeking from a tubed pre-amp.

Modwright pre-amps are well made, tubes without sounding tubey, great customer service, remote controlled, affordable, made in the US. I run mine with Icepower amps from Bel Canto andit is a great combination.
I have 2 great choices for you.

Audible Illusions Mod3A....commonly available her on the'Gon...well under $2000 sweet sounding, very dynamic, with great bass. Mates wonderfully with solid state amplifiers..... The tube choice is key here. Great pre-amp.

Also, an EAR 834Line stage for CD only or an EAR 864 for line + phono.
Also wonderful sounding and under budget.
Hands down look for a EAR 834L used for around 1,200 or 2,400 new.
What pre amp did you audition the Maggies with? Perhaps thats your pre amp. Look for it used if cost is a factor.
Audio Research tube pres have a natural synergy with Bryston amps.Also,second the recommendation on the Modwright,excellent build quality and sonics.
I had a BP 20 with a 4b on 3.3r's years ago. I then put a levinson 380S on it and it was like wow. I realize its a transistor pre, so the key is price. There are plenty of tubes that would be great. A few would be like, Bat vk51se about $4500 used, or asthetix or art audio or ?
Yesterday I heard a pair of your speakers with a Rogue preamp (the Perseus model) and an Adcom 5802 amp (the Nelson Pass one). I was very impressed. The Rogue is in your price range - check out their web-site.
Thanks for the responses, great start for me to review these products. The system that was used was Vintage product dating back 40 years! Tubes is new for me and when we plugged the transistor integrated amp it was still nice sound but the tubes were better. Unfortunately many have told me that TUBE amps are not good with Planar speakers which is ideal for me since I want to keep my Bryston Amp to drive the speakers! If I had another question it would be Balance or single ended?
I suggest Conrad LS17 also, very musical preamp. Try MKII if you can afford it.
I'm using an Eastern Electronic MiniMax pre with my Krell KAV-250a to drive my Mg1.6's. Sounds glorious!
conrad johnson, any you can afford.
Glad to see opera is appreciated here by a goner.
If I may, I would like to make a suggestion: get the source right first before making changes down the chain. You will not regret it. Hope your source is vinyl, otherwise whatever the source is I would suggest bring it to the highest level you can afford. You will be shocked at how no matter what level your amp and preamp are at, a good source will be more beneficial then upgrading the other components.
When you decide to upgrade the amp and pre later on, you will be doing it knowing your source is to your liking.
An example may help convey the significance of what I am describing. I was considering a few upgrades in the recent past. One of them was to get a better speaker some time in the future. But for the time-being I was upgrading my turntable and phono stage. It was just a matter of time and a number of tweeks that I started to realize that my speakers were much better than I had thought. All this planning to get better speakers was due to not having a source good enough, but now I am only planning on making the source even better!
If in realestate they say location location location, in audiophile it would be source source source!
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I want to thank all of you who responded to my query! I am greatful for the information. Most of you here would probably think I am lost in space!!! My main source is...prepare yourselves...An IPOD! Yes I know what you are thinking I am completely nuts!!! For soundstage I am completely with you on the fact that my source is mediocur however having gone through CD's and LP's years pass I find myself looking for simpler things in life and far less clutter. If i would describe me it would be "Salad bar"! I love variety and convenience. HAving to change an album or cd is such a pain. The 160gig Ipod can support over 4000 songs even at a wave file compression. Although not even close to a cd or lp the opera I listen to does have a lesser soundstage. CD reproduction is far better even with my panasonic dvd/cd player! I will look at two things first, CD source perhaps Rega Apollo and Subwoofer maybe Revel, REL or Velodyne. Later on I may invest in a Tube amp and preamp. Bryston lovers out there look out for my stuff being sold soon!!! Thanks
I had an opportunity to have a listen to my friends modified Ipod set up the other day. Wow!! IMOD - redwine audio, Raptor tube headphone amp - Ray Samuel, SH600 headphones - Sennheiser.

I hooked up the Ipod to my main system Pass/Thiel, it sounded good but not WOW, like through the Raptor headphone amp.