Yeah, there’s so much gain required in a phono-preamp that inexpensive tube-preamps usually wind up being quite audibly noisy. And then there are the exposed tubes, which don’t really help matters. Even things like the $400-ish Pro-Ject Tube Box DS aren’t ideal for noise-levels, though that one does bury the active parts of the tube inside the casework.
And then, of course, you want/need the quietest tubes you can find, and suddenly things start adding up fast …
Absent some kit-based stuff (like the Bottlehead Eros 2 and Reduction), I’ve generally found I don’t get on with tube-based phono stages until we’re at the level of things like the EAR 834 (which is excellent). That’s just me, and others may think differently about it, but I tend to go solid-state for my phono-stage and let the amplification be the “tube” part of things.
The current Schiit Mani is a solid, and very configurable, little option that I think will surprise you in comparison. There are other options for those that want to fiddle around with PSU modifications and so on that perform similarly for less.
There are other intriguing options, though they can start to get a bit out of whack in terms of where it is most effective to allocate one’s budget.