I keep reading these cracks about DB359 volume and I have to laugh. My goodness, how loud do you need to be? I've been playing through a DB359 for years now and absolutely love the tone. Of course if you like a thin poinky edgy tone with round-wound string buzz this is not the amp for you. But if, on the other hand, you believe that bass is meant to provide the bottom for a band and if you like tone that surrounds and supports your music, then bingo, this is the amp for you. Fat creamy warm clean and surprisingly bright (with the eg set flat) -- the whole enchilada. The big difference is the girth -- the weight -- of each note. They just come out thick, wide and strong. Your choice of preamp tubes and power tubes will make a difference in tone as will proper biasing. I find the DB359 with my Bergantino HS210 makes a glorious sound, plenty loud enough to drive my 11-piece R&B band. And the DI is terrific too. IMHO there is only one drawback: This amp is a pain to schlep. Heavy and awkward. So I leave it in our rehearsal studio and take my AG500 to gigs. But when I flip the switches and plug into the DB359 it always puts a smile on my face. Enjoy!