Sounds like the BC21.1 will meet your expectations..
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Aronov LS-9000 tube preamp has superb, natural sound quality, and structurally designed to support heavy weight of any amp, for compact placement. If you decide to go with a single input system, then don't overlook EVS Ultimate Attenuators from tweakaudio.com, which attach directly onto amp RCA input jacks, avoiding an interconnect, and truly allowing for the most compact, and wonderful sound of your amp.
I'm not certain what you think the service issues are with VTLs 2.5, but with a very nice phono stage this is a clearly UNDER-RATED preamp! I've also heard the Rogue 66 and 99 preamps, and both are easily available line-stage or with phone in about that price range, and again, very under-rated. I think the Rogue is the best bet.