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Looking for phono stage recommendations....tubes!

Want to upgrade to a different phono stage, something completely free of harshness. I originally wanted one with MC options but I might be settling down with my Grado The Reference Reference for a while, so MM would be ok. Current ones I am considering are the Cornet 3, Transcendent, Pro-Ject tube box DS, and the Reduction/Eros/Seduction. This will replace a Bugle w/separate power supply I built about 10 yrs ago. I saw the K&K was highly recommended but I wanted to stay below $1k if possible, and the build might be a bit complex for me.

I know this shouldn't affect my decision, but I have a spot in my current setup for a smaller stage (like a Seduction or narrower). Anything larger and I'll have to build a shelf outside my cabinet or remove a component, and make/buy a longer tonearm cable. Ideally I'd like a Cornet 2 but Jim said those boards are gone, and claims the Cornet 3 uses the same circuit. Just wish I could find more feedback on the 3.

Edits: 01/10/17

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Topic - Looking for phono stage recommendations....tubes! - NuWave 10:45:29 01/10/17 (45)


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