I'm looking to upgrade stuff by the end of the year. A newer pre-amp would be nice. Right now i have an Adcom GTP-400. Now this is not the most respected pre, but it is not bad at all, has worked 100% since new. I'm thinking of going with a GFP-565. There pretty easy to get and the prices are about 250-350. The reason for that is i'm looking for a pre with a good phono section. I don't want to have the extra phonopre sitting in the rack, nor pay the money for it. Now "Stereophile mag" really liked this pre, and the Phono section. They said it was the best Phono section and overall pre they had heard in the 1K range (and thats in 1990 dollars..LOL) Now the only better pre then this (from Adcom) would be of course the 750. BUT, you not going to get that for $350, and it has no Phono section.
Now i'm probably going to pull the SL-1600 TT out of the closet, and go back to listening to some LP's. Now i am NOT jumping down the rabbit hole on this. I'll need a new cartridge, but it's going to be in 100-150 range, thats it. Plus all new cleaning supplies. I have probably 1000 records sitting in milk crates (what else..LOL) It is mostly rock in one form or another from the 70's on up. BUT..these have all been over played, and no amount of cleaning or applications of "Last" is going to fix them that much. Most will be playable, some just will not be. There is just music in there that you can't find anymore. Which is why i would do this.
I am NOT going to throw massive money at this. You can only fix these records to a point. You can't get rid of the scratches, pops, whatever. It's really there, so when you want to hear old stuff that you can't find anyplace else, you can put on the record and hopefully not drive yourself nuts trying to listen to it...
If you have any Pre-amps you think can beat the GFP-565 for a better phono section, and over all,i would love to know about them. KEEP in mind the Dollar limit. I may go up to $450 on this,but not much more.