Hang on; some CJ preamps do not require you to invert the phase to have your system be "phase correct". On my CJ (solid state) preamp, only the moving coil phono stage is inverted, which can be corrected by reversing the wires on the tonearm going to the cartridge. There appears to be some confusion here. ARGENT: WHICH CJ PREAMP DO YOU HAVE??? You may want to contact CJ to clarify if you are not sure. They usually respond to eMails within 24 hours.
For the rest of your question: In a lot of cases with high end audio, "Less is More", so if a stage of the preamp is used only to make the unit phase correct, removing it removes a possible source of distortion. On my Stan Warren modified DVD player, Stan removed part of the output stage and replaced it I think with a couple Blackgate caps as a buffer. It means I now have to turn the volume up a little more, because the output is a little lower, but it is also a lot cleaner than before per Stan.