A couple of new additions to the system. The Soundsmith Strain Gauge SG-200 arrived. Soundsmith has been trying to catch up after a shutdown for vacation. It was well worth the wait. It sounds extremely clear and as Peter Ledermann says, you hear what is on the record. The power leds are a little too bright, hence the tape over them. The second addition is a Life-Changer Audio UK icOn 4 pro passive preamp. Hats off to @Cakecake for the pointer. It uses Dave Slagle autoformers and FETs for volume control. I had not really noticed that the Luxman pre section was on the warm side. With the IcOn, nothing added nothing removed, just pure joy and very obvious difference between the two preamps. Cheers!