Alright so my current setup is Speakers: Yamaha FX-1 Amp: Yamaha B-2 Currently being serviced Turntable: Thorens TD126 MKII Phono pre: ART DJpreii - Temporary for the time being Preamp: XiangSheng 728A Spent way to much money tube rolling this thing I had taken my turntable over to my fathers to play through his setup so that when we went down to look at turntables for him he'd have an idea how it sounded on his setup. he ended up getting a rega p6 w/ania cart which sounds pretty damn good and really good through his citation 21 preamp vs my cheapy one -- Shocker --. I've spent many of hrs looking for preamps w/ great phono mostly vintage common ones pop up such as yamaha C1 and c2x both hard to find and typically pricey without any service history. someone compared the c2x to a Nakamichi CA-7A both had pros/cons like anything so i started looking for that with searches like "this vs" which lead me to other preamps with the same search and the cycle continues. so at this time the most i can spend is $1000 on a pre but with vintage being the nature that it is I may have to have it recapped or serviced which of course will add to the cost so lets say in 6 months to a year I can save my pennies and spend around $4000 possibly more but lets keep it locked at that for now. I know this all opinion based and there is no true answer but what would be for lack of a better word "endgame"