I am very excited to have just picked up a Trumpet off a'gon. Doesn't matter right now, as I am using a Thorens td-125mkII table with Signet 5.0e or AT440MLA cart, but I'm wondering what the gain level is with this unit. IE, would I be able to try a high-output MC? I'm going to run this into my Sansui AU-X1111 MOS VINTAGE integrated. I was using the built-in phono stage, which was much better than my musical fidelity V-LPS. However, this integrated is VERY capable, so I imagine that the Trumpet should take it to a whole other level.
Also, this unit is coming to me with some upgraded parts, but stock tubes. Any recommendations as to upgrades? Also, I have seen somewhere that just the "first pair" of each tube type is recommended to roll tubes? I was running all tube pre- and Atma-Sphere ma1 tube amps prior to switching the the Sansui (surprisingly, I am still getting 90% of the performance from this single, transistor-based unit). I know from experience with my 12au7-based pre that my personal favorites in that tube were telefunken and bugle boys, followed by Valvo and RCA clear-tops just to give an idea of my sound preferences.