Ok, I joined here several months ago, but completely spaced on my user ID. So now IyamwhoIyam... Anyway, I'm looking for a bass head that is fully tube, for under a grand (as you can gather from the title). I'm aware of the Ampegs and Mesa. What else that's worthwhile? Used is just fine. 200W is adequate, and even a bit under that would probably be OK, I can just make up for it with more efficient speakers than the leftover 2x15 I'm using. SS rectification is something I'm resigned to as the norm in this category. I can at least play with my B-15N in the studio. I was just beating it to death on gigs. Right tool for the wrong job, and all that. I don't need gee-whiz features, just great tone. I've been down the SS road, and it's just not for me. I've had the chance to play through all kinds of very nice SS amps, and could probably live with a Walter Woods (if I'm remembering the name correctly), but I understand they are a bit 'spensive? Heh... So I'll pass on the hybrid/MOSFET recs, not that there's anything wrong with that. My recent gear includes the aforementioned B-15, and a recently acquired (and possibly not up to snuff) MusicMan HD130. I also own an old Traynor Bassmate that's surprisingly useful in the right setting, for a little EL84/6BQ5. Gotta tune that one back up one of these days... I mainly play a recent vintage StingRay5, but also pull the ole G&L P-Bass out every now and then. It still feels like home... I attempted to get some horn cabs built, but can find no one reliable to build such complicated cabinets. Bill Fitzmaurice really needs to get on the stick with production. Check out his DR horns at his website if you're interested. So I'm looking for more headroom in the traditional way. More HP. What do you like?