Magnificently built Belles VT-01 tube amplifier is a statement piece by this renowned artisan, most well known for his classic 350 Reference amplifier. One look and you'll realize this piece is built to a level unheard of in this price range, and make some of the higher priced CJ models look like toys in comparison. The chassis is solidly built with thick anodized panels, giving it a sleek look. The sound is typical Belles: no obvious colorations, and authoritative. Makes a perfect match with his 350 Reference, or with any other quality tube or solid state amplifier.
Operationally, there is just one quirk. The LED for input 1 is burned out, but all the others work perfectly. That doesn't bother me any, since I hardly use more than 1 or 2 inputs (who does anymore? Connect a Roon streamer with Qobuz, and you have more high rez albums to listen to than seconds you have to live on the Earth!). I'm sure it's a simple fix, but the original owner sent it to me this way, and like him, it never bothered me.
For the money, I can't think of a better preamplifier. The only comparison in this price range is with the legendary Audible Illusions, which I also own. The AI is a bit more romantic sounding, the Belles a lot more neutral and without obvious coloration. Also, the Belles has a simple and easy to use remote -- not a 25 button monstrosity, but a simple wand that has the essentials at your finger tips.