This is an exceptional phono pre-amp that can accept virtually any type of cartridge. Probably the most important quality of a phono pre-amp is how well it can produce a silent background. The Salience is extremely quiet and minimizes defects (pops / clicks), of the vinyl record. The Salience is very well made, heavy, and looks great. I am the original owner but rating the unit as a '6' since it has two scratches of over 2 inches. I was able to capture the scratches on the photo's but the lighting must be exactly 'right' to see them in person.
Including the gold spikes with the unit. The spikes are removal but the disk are not, as illustrated in the photo's.
Only selling due to down scaling. I have used the Salience for 3-4 years even though I have the Audio Research SP-8 with its well regarded tube phono stage. But it is not nearly as quiet or flexible as the Salience.
Thanks for looking,