Entry level units from Cambridge and MF look pretty good. I can definately recommend a DV P75, but that may be over budget.
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My favorite has been The Graham Gram Slee Amp 2SE which is perfect for a medium output MM. Their other models for MC are good too I understand. It will cost him $400 new I am afraid. Hard to get around the quality for low mon ey thing. I think $4-500 is about right unless you go real low and call it a day like the Belari.
Thank you all for replying. This is my first experience with an Audiogon forum, and am pleased with the feedback. I admit, I'm also relatively naive about audio gear. I wrote back to the fellow who sold me the turntable and he replied, "The Belari sounds interesting, but it wouldn't be good with the Sumiko Blue Point, which is a moving coil cartridge, rather than a moving magnet that the Belari is meant for." He recommended an inexpensive pre-amp (one I hesitate even to admit here, given its cost, but since my (frugal) audiophile friend recommended it, here goes: ART DJPRE II