Anyone compare budget phono oft recomended?

In most threads there are a handful of budget phono stages that get a lot of praise. The common thread seems that most times there is a recommendation without an A/B comparison.

The question is, what have been your experiences with the sub $500 used or new phono stage/preamps if you have compared them head to head. Looking for flexibility and for musicality.

The usual suspects (Cambridge, Rega, Lehmam, Slee, Musical Surroundings, Billari, Grado) or others would be strong consideration. How they compared to others on the list or at higher price/performance range would be very helpful. Lastly, can you share a little why you chose your favorite and what set it apart?

As some may remember from other threads, I too have a GCPH. I have heard many phono pre's and I would concur with Duaneadam that the GCPH is quite something at it's price point and I got it on sale so it was even cheaper. The reticence at 110 idea is interesting. I am currently listening/modding a JD9 because the GCPH is not as warm as I would like. I will say that in my setup the GCPH is very detailed yet not harsh in the upper highs. Probably in some systems that may tip negatively as my NAD M3 is not the fastest/most detailed integrated. But I knew that when I bought it.

I wonder if the HIFICRITIC guy got a bad sample or they made him mad.

Take it EZ,
The standard project phono box is a very good performer for less than 2 bills...behaved like a much more pricey pre....transparent, fast, with punchy bass...a touch lean and a bit clinical for some....but one could do far it out
I was able to get a rega mm and a project phono box for less than $200 shipped for the pair. I am pleased to play with these till my budget will allow for an upgrade or preamp change.
I also have a GCPH that I purchased new for 499. It has been used alongside a Simaudio lp5.3 and what little difference there might be is not noticeable to me as one being better than the other.