Trying to use a preamp for a MC cartridge

I recently went out on a proverbial limb and purchased a EAT MC cartridge.  I knew that it would need a phono preamp and have now tried two brands, both with the same result, load distortion of the lp.  I have a Marantz SR 5014 that has a phono input.  It works well with a MM cartridge.  I am going from the turntable, to the preamp and then into the phono input on the receiver.  Am I doing something wrong?

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As @cleeds said, if the cartridge/tonearm cable is connected to a phono pre-amp, the phono pre-amp should be connected to any "line-level" input on your receiver, not into the phono input. 

The phono input on your receiver is for directly connecting a MM cartridge/tonearm cable to your receiver. It has a phono pre-amp, i.e. Gain and RIAA equalization built into it. If you connect a second phono pre-amp into the circuit you are going to over drive it.

So yes, you are doing something wrong.