In that price range you have some options.
KAB makes some equipment that may fit your needs -- and Kevin may be able to customize if you need
The TDL Restoration Preamp fits your needs also:
I have one of these and use it with a Stanton 500 or Shure M78 for wide-groove transfers. I have
found this unit to be a good value as far as being able to playback many recording curves and
sounding good for the money. If you don't use a high-output cartridge, it gets noisy. Your Grado
should do the job.
If you can stretch your budget, quite a bit, this one is what I'd call the cat's meow:
-- Tom Fine
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From: "David Day" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, March 27, 2015 10:56 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Phono pre-amps for 78 rpm and transcription discs
> Here at BYU we are looking to purchase two phono pre-amps, one for a turntable dedicated to
> playing 78 rpm discs and a second dedicated to playing 16-inch transcription discs. Do any of you
> have recommendations for phono pre-amps that would be ideal for each format? Both turntables are
> modified Technics SL-1200MK2 built by Diapason Archive Turntable. We have a set of Grado
> cartridges in various sizes made for 78 rpm playback as well as some Stanton 680EE cartridges.
> The turntables are in carrels provided for students to listen to recordings in our Music
> Recordings Archive. The pre-amp signal will be sent to Tascam SS-CDR200s for headphone monitoring
> and to give the students the ability to capture to various formats.
> Anyone have experience with the Technolink TC-778 RIAA Phono Preamp with 78rpm Equalization? Is
> there anything out there that might give more flexibility in selecting multiple EQs? We have an
> Esoteric Sound turnover-rolloff device that is not working. Is it worth getting repaired? Is there
> a pre-amp that would work well with it?
> My budget is about $1,250 for each pre-amp. Would the money be better spend on better cartridges?
> Eager to learn from your experience and advise,
> David Day