Updating my own thread,
I've decided to pull the trigger and order Roy's pre-amp kit.
I believe the current, latest, greatest is the SP8 SE.
Since I already have a nice pre amp, the Transcendent Grounded Grid, I don't have to be in any hurry to build the SP8 right.
I also decided that to give this new amp it's best shot at being my #1 pre-amp, in my main system, I better not scrimp, so I've ordered all the various up-graded parts (caps, resistors, step-attenuators, toroidal transformers).
I'm quite excited about the opportunity to have a pre-amp designed by the very fellow so many of us appreciate for the VTA board he developed for the Dynaco power amps that Bob Latino offers.
I'll be happy to post a not-too-wordy commentary on the building process, if there is interest in it. So members know exactly what I'm working with, I've ordered everything from Roy, including case and all.
I won't have anything to add for a few weeks, when I'm ready to start building.
In the mean time, for reference, my back ground in building these kits goes back only a couple of years. My first kit was Bob's ST 70, then I built the Transcendent pre amp and phono, then I became addicted, upgrading my turntable (LP12) in steps, then built some speakers (zigmahornets), and, recently just finished a large pair of double mouthed, back loaded, folded horns utilizing a single full range driver. (No previous wood working skills).
Yes, clearly I got it bad -- but, like many on the forum, I am strictly an amateur, so I am hoping that my experiences will be of use to other amateurs around the forum.