Rogue RP-1 over on USAudiomart now for $1.1K. Highly regarded phono stage in there for entry level tube pre. Then save your coin and put a couple NOS tubes in and you have a huge bang for buck preamp.
Rogue support is also highly regarded.
Again thanks for all the recommendations.
@soix i had the RC-980BX preamp and to my current RC-995, there was a huge difference in sound quality, especially in the bass region. It has a much better, tighter bass with better definition. The mid and highs also improved. I really want an upgrade where the sound in the upper region to be more dynamic and realistic without losing bass detail and definition. As far as impedance mismatch between pre and amp in my system, i am pretty close to ideal.