Didn't realise you hung out here, I been browsing for a while. Anyway came to Whistlebump on Sat and had throughly good time. Was DJ Deeps mixer actaully been used or something else? Was loud (spent most of the night nearer the middle-back) but was nice and clear.
Anyway as for phono preamps I can't really commet but I did use a Musical fidelity XLP with a 1210, Ortofon Nightclub and Xone 62 and was surprised by hugely extended bottom end. They around £100 and easy to find on ebay althought the prices are inflated. There also the XLPS which is meant to be even better. If this is any better than Urei preamps I don't know though.