Sleeper preamp suggestions


Hello, I'm looking for suggestions for a outstanding preamp,under $1500 new or used.
I now have an Accuphase c-200 which is wonderful. I would like to get a unit that's a little newer though. I would especially like to get input from Audiogoners who are familiar with the C-200,so they'll know where I'm coming from.

It would be mated to a Accuphase C-350.

But I welcome all comments and suggestions.
Thanks in advance.
mcgarick
GO FOR TUBES. THE LECTOR ZOE IS AMAZING ESPECIALLY WITH THE 6H30 SUPER TUBE. SHOULD SELL USED FOR UNDER $1500. PLUS REMOTE VOLUME AND HOME THEATER BYPASS IS AVAILABLE
Wright WLA12A, less than $1000 new. Audible Illusions 3A used.
Modwright 9.0SE. Can be found used at that price. Plus it's always upgradeable later should you get the urge
A real sleeper since it is not that well known and rarely seen on Audigon is the "Musical Design SP 2B" from Musical Concepts' John Hillig in St Louis. It has a very simple linear design and uses 6922 tubes. Very clean and open. John offers a wide range of upgrade paths also.
Eastern Electronic MiniMax! Superb sounding tube preamp that looks great as well (just has a cheesey name)
your c200 is the sleeper. a benchmark pre, with an outstanding phono section. and yes, comparable with units at 5k or more, that don't even have an mc/mm phono.
THe Rogue 99 Magnum is in your price range - used - and is an outstanding preamp.
A used deHavilland Ultraverve is an excellent bargain and a fantastic preamp.

Shakey
I agree wit Jaybo, I would probably try to get your Accuphase checked over by a technician, upgrade the caps, check potentiometers to make your preamp function like new. I think it would be worth it.
Thanks you for all the input. I really appreciate it.
That's one reason why I like Audiogon!
Like minds ya know...
Does anyone know if the Minimax preamp would be in the C-200's league?
Please share your thoughts.
FWI
I have since bought a EE Minimax preamp, and I can report that it is as good as the Accuphase preamp.
Not only that, but it throws a way bigger sound stage and is more dynamic, I like it very much. I believe it to be quite a bit more musical,I almost feel like a traitor saying that. I love the Accuphase.
Remember YMMV
Happy listening!
The EE preamp is indeed good and highly recomended.Fun to tube roll too.
With that said, I bought an Accuphase C-200 that had been recaped, and it is better than the untouched C-200 I also own.Way more lively.

So, they are both wonderful,for 400 to 600 bucks you can save a lot of time and hassle by getting one of these great amps.
I like to cut through the B.S and find the good stuff,so you can't go wrong with these two.
They will get you off the merry go round for sure!
Happy listening.
Regards,Mcgarick
Mcgarick, thanks for your update. Sounds like you made the right decision. Have you had a chance to compare the Minimax to anything other than the Accuphase C-200?
deHavilland Ultraverve or Verve!! Amazing