Hello All (or at least all who are reading this), I'm looking to buy a new amp on a budget of around AU$1,200 to go with the gear pictured below, i.e. MIA Standard Jazz and MarkBass 104HF 8 ohm, and thought I would tap into the collective experiences of you all before I part with the cash. I play in an Indie/Alternative/Rock band and we use allot of dynamics in our songs. I play mostly finger style and rely on a soft touch Vs. digging in to the strings, mixed with boosting/cutting the treble to change my sound/tone, i.e. no effects (as yet), don't fiddle with the amp much and use the sound of my bass and as you can see by my choice of bass, I like the Fender tone. I've played through a load of heads over the last 4 weeks and I have short listed the following: - Hartke LH500/1000 - Nice and simple, little more edgy than the HA's. - Hartke HA3500/5500 - More flexibility than the LH including the adjustable clip (compressor) - Ashdown ABM500 EVO III - Not as much power/volume as the Hartke's, but seems warmer You'll notice that each of the above has a valve pre amp which is something I have decided I want as a feature. So over to you, for the money would you pick one of the above, or have I missed another option? Note: For those TBr's who feel the need to educate me on the wonderful technology that is the "search function", A) I know about it. B) I have used it. C) If we didn't ask each other questions like this, there would be no forum, just a bunch of bass players reading reviews on Harmony Central. Peace!