The Manley Shrimp is a great preamplifier for the price. If you can stretch your budget, I can also recommend the Aesthetix Calypso. Neither has a phono stage, however.
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Thought I would update this. Presently using a Luminous Audio passive pre with the MC250 after messing with a variety of things. Absolutely great....like I took off a filter from the system. FOr $50 used off Ebay it is one of the best things I have done. Very clean, bass increased, detail increased, slightly warm sounding as I expected but wasnt really hearing. A bit of a pain in the ass to turn the power amp on and off with a strip but it works. Strangely I get intermitten transients when I turn on the amp...not consistent. Love to fix that but otherwise I like it.