Okay, in the long term, I need to be looking for a better amp than my old Crate BX-100. Don't get me wrong, aside from overdrive / distortion which I can do with an effects pedal (Digitech BP50) I get all the various tones / sounds I want out of the Crate, BUT, it is heavy as sin and I have back issues, so moving it is a problem, and I would like to have the headroom that if I should so chose at some later date decide to start gigging, I would have the equipment to do so on hand... You could consider this to be the amp for an intermediate hobbyist / newbie gigging bass player. Like I have mentioned before, I play for FUN, not $$, if I ever got to the point where I could make some $$ playing, then I would up the dollar figure, probably considerably, but I can't justify spending several grand on a bass rig as basically a toy to keep up with a hobby. And FWIW, if I got to being able to make money playing, if it stopped being fun to do, I would likely move away from it unless it paid well enough to become a new career (VERY doubtful). My requirements are... (Not necessarily in this order, these are all MUST HAVE, any one missing is a deal breaker). #1. Maximum flexibility in tone. I tend to play very smooth / country / bluesy type tone sort of a Dusty Hill kind of vibe most of the time, but I like some flexibility to do some prog type stuff as well as punkish type stuff... So while overdrive is cool and all, it's NOT high on my priority list... #2. Total cost to my door to not exceed $700.00 for everything needed including sales tax, shipping, speaker cables, heads, cabs or combos... I can't make use of it if I can't buy it, and I have to draw the line somewhere, $700.00 is a number I can get by my wife without too much eyebrow raising, or exchange for too many new designer purses... #3. No one component of the system can exceed 40 lbs. Lighter is better, but 40lbs is the absolute max. Doc says 50, and I want a safety margin. #4. New, or very readily available used in Houston / Galveston Texas metro area. I am willing to drive to western Louisiana as far as Lake Charles for the right rig though... #5. Must be able to demo the unit in question in person. #6. Pre amp / input pad for active instruments. I don't want to smoke the input circuit of the amp with the output of my EMG pickups if I forget and leave the volume knob on the bass turned UP... #7. Line level / XLR outputs for connection to a mixer for recording or FOH rig... #8. I'm not going to lie, Aesthetics are important, VERY important to me... I won't want to play through it if it's hot pink and has Hello Kitty stickers all over it you know? #9. Reliability. I just can't see myself paying good money to buy an amp / cab that is known to have reliability problems and will let me down at the worst time... #10. Headroom. I haven't had to endure playing with a drummer that was drilling for oil with their drumsticks, the drummers I have played with all had good volume control, and knew how to play appropriate to the situation. (Most I have ever played was a smallish church sanctuary, no instrument PA connectivity, seated about 250...), I am figuring that I could probably do everything I "NEED" with 200 well used watts to cut through a skin smasher of a drummer, but hey, if some is good more is better right? While my experience has been pretty much limited to 100 watt 1x12 and 1x15 combos (I did use a friends Ampeg combo that I believe was a 1x12 years ago), I will say this... -- I am not committed to combo amp or amp / cab rigs. I want what suits my needs best. If it's a stack great, if it's a combo, great. -- I am not committed to any particular speaker size or configuration. If it fits the requirements laid out above, then I am golden! So what can you guys, gals, and other suggest that would meet the criteria laid out?