You might consider the Modwright pre-amp. Tube qualities but still crisp and dynamic.
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The Modwright is very neutral sounding and NOT at all lush. It is a very honest sound, but a bit lean for my taste, and would be a real shocker for you after the C-J.
Let me recommend another choice too. For a slightly richer palette you might consider an Audible Illusions Modulus 3 which is well within your price range used. Solid build quality, very reliable units. State of the Art in the 1990's, still sound very good today. Usually one or two for sale on A'gon.