I used a Forte 1a with my Spica TC-50's no problems and a pretty good match as the Forte has the bottom end force and control for the fairly lean TC-50's. I used for many years a Forte 2. The Forte 2 is pretty good for a 1K$ pre, since it has a very versatile phono section, outboard p.s. and very solid expensive build. If you are using an analog TT and want a used pre on a budget, I'd say the Forte 2 is one way to go, or an Audible Illusions 2 or a Superphon. I now use a passive pre with a Benz Lukascheck phono section which I have to say is a step up. I should probably sell my Forte 2 as it's just sitting in the box in my closet. Also I found Cardas Hexlink 5c were the best cables between my Spicas and the Forte 1a if that helps..
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