Manley steelhead, it would also allow one other source if you choose at a later date.
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6 months ago I heard Sound Quest prototype of the SQ PH-1t
MC / MM Phono Pre- Amplifier with variable gain. Able to drive the amp(s) directly and supposedly works with any cartridge. It was pretty good for the asking price ($1600) and what it had to offer. I did not compare it to other phono-stages and haven't heard it since. With that in mind, audition but judge for yourself.
It's worth experimenting with this, but I'll bet anything you'll be missing some midbass and low end. In this situation, you're essentially running your phono stage as a passive preamp. Even if you ideally match the output impedance of your phono stage to the input impedance of your amp, I bet you'll lose the fullness that a linestage brings to the picture. I've had several excellent passives and this has always been the case. Ralph Karsten of Atma-Sphere fame has an excellent explanation for this phenomena in this forum:
Are passive preamps better?
K&K Audio SE has a volume control option.
Another thought is considering you have a Hovland amp why not one of the Hovland preamps. I know its a full function preamp and has more inputs than you'll need, but it is an active linestage and would eliminate the potential issues that Mingles brought up. Should have great synergy with your amp too.