Looking back not all that many years the number of absolutely amazing and reasonably affordable phono preamps out there is astounding by comparison. The number of great choices is kinda overwhelming...The Phenomena II is fantastic! Yes. I was looking around with a similar budget and bought a used Primare R32 for way under. Another great stage. There’s a used Luxman E-250 on USAM that is seriously tempting for about exactly your budget. The iPhono3 is pretty much loved by all who have bought it, or seems to be. The Graham Slee stages are where many people stop.
I have nothing against tubes and love my Juicy Music Tercel II but I won’t buy another tubed stage. The newer solid state stages do better for me. But everybody has different preferences and so I can’t say what you’d love. Good luck.