If I am going to continue playing bars and clubs 500 seats or less, what do people recommend? I currently have an Ampeg combo amp, SVT350T.. I find it's too bright in sound.. I think the 2x10s have negatively impacted my playing as well, because I play very aggressively.. from Rush to David Bowie. I play anything the bands want to play, but mostly rock.. Prince, Police, AC DC, U2, Rush (my fav), Bowie, Wild Cherry, Commodores, even stuff like Joan Jett--whatever the people want to hear.. we play. We once did Rush's Tom Sawyer right after B52s' Love Shack... and the place erupted into cheers before and after.. I guess I need a versatile setup. I have a Sansamp RBI I have come to love as well. Should I get a power amp, use the Sansamp, and be done with it? If not, I am curious to hear what the real world says.. and in my "real world," a bassist playing small clubs does not necessarily run out and buy the latest "boutique" Eden or Aguilar rig.. but I am open to that. Why is that stuff so expensive for such low wattage. I am wanting to stick around $600 or LESS for a head and am building a cabinet myself, like 1x15 + a horn. I am curious to hear people's thoughts about a rig that is versatile, yet not too hard to tweak. I have read the reviews on this site and have come to think Ashdown is unreliable. I know Ampeg has shipped everything overseas and reportedly has quality issues.. should I ignore these facts? Are there any quality-made EUR or USA amp heads that have good craftmanship that are $600 or under and 500 watts and below (4 ohms). I play Modulus, Dave Pushic, Fender Jazz and others.. mostly a 70s Fender Jazz which I find to be unsurpassed in tone. I love Eden, but cannot justify their ridiculous prices for such low power (Eden WT 260).. same with Aguilar. I found GK to be sterile and too bright. I confess I love the SVT settings of the Sansamp the most, but do people often use just a Sans+power amp? Right now, for the larger places, I use the Sansamp with Ampeg cabinet.. then go DI out from Sansamp into a PA, and we mix the two together, but I think the crowd mostly hears the Ampeg cabinet. I keep the EQs flat on the Ampeg side and use the Sansamp as a preamp with the Ampeg's speakers. The power is lacking, but Sansamp changed everything in a postive way. Can someone please help me with opinions. The reviews have helped as well. Are combos good enough for a 500 seat club.. I have come to dislike combos because of my SVT350T.. low power.. you never use it all unless you get either another head or cabinet.. I may as well start over. Advice appreciated. My first post and I thank you all for the reviews, posts, and love this site.