I had my sights on a c-j Premier 17LS2, when I was pursuaded to try a Herron VTSP-1A/166. I'm very thankful that I listened. A used one on Audiogon is around $2000.00. It's one of the former Stereophile Class 'A' pre-amps. There are reviews out the gazoo on their website, www.herronaudio.com or go to www.enjoythemusic.com and read Karl Lozier's review as an introduction. In fact, it was Karl's that I listened to and bought when he purchased the new Herron VTSP-2.