I want to go for the pre amp first. I look forward your suggestions. Sorry about the four bills because I am changing the original post. Anyway . . .yes, you do get what you pay for, but as this is a hobbie, albeit a serious one . . . I am beginning to think four hundred dollars is a bit too much pre-amp.
Ok, it is Monday . . now that is everyone is at work surfing the net let's hear your suggestions. And is anyone gonna vote?