Upgrading preamp. Best for under $1K

I am planning on upgrading my preamp and was wondering what would be the best preamp for under $1K. Currently have the Rotel RC-995 with a B&K ST2140 amp and Vandersteen 2ci speakers. I like to stay with SS unless their is tube pre in that price range.

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Im a little late to the party ... I would certainly give The Music Room a close inspection.  Several pieces of gear within you search parameters!!



BENCHMARK , Try to find a used LA-4 pre amp. New,  about 3 K. I have 2 systems, one manages each, like it that much, solid state. Robert TN

Conrad Johnson PF-R (purchased on eBay for $850) and no, I’m not selling you mine.

Another + for the LTA . I’d try and stick to the used market if you’re okay with that.