never go solid state preamp, it will squash the openness of a tube amp. i would look into cary slp-50 or -90, good units at reasonable used prices.
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... As far as I know Manley is more sencitive than some preamps and all it needs is just attenuator with input selector -- simply saying passive preamp(theoretically!).
In fact, in order to aquire a passive you've got to research your source components in terms of output voltage and amount of negative feedback. If you have tube output sources the passive preamp is the best way to get music.