Just a thought!
Evan you might just need to apply some tweaks into your existing rig in order to enhance what you already have, & realize its full potential. Play around with cabling; interconnects & AC cords too. Browse the forums for tips on vibration control; cones, footers, shelving, etc. Look into AC power filtration & room treatments. Even at a low budget, it's amazing what you can do with what you already have; you just need to experiment
In addition to the ARC LS3 and CJ PV10, the other bargain pre-amp that comes to mind in your price range is the Audible Illusions L2. It's basically a Modulus 3 without the phono stage. It does have a pretty good quality headphone jack, too. You really cannot go wrong with any of these recommendations. Even by today's standards, they are big music value for the money. Additionally, you can tune the sound with different tubes in the future at relatively low cost. Good luck.
I really need a phono stage... how much money would that run me for a decent one? I guess i could use my mac preamp as a phono stage temporarily.
I like vinyl, but heard my freinds oracle alexandria and fell in love. I may hang onto the c26 and drop some change on a turntable/cartridge combo. Although i still need a new preamp :)
Thanks for the help guys- Evan
PS... suggestions for the phono stage are apreciated :)