I DID say please. It's time to upgrade. Here's the situation- Current rig is dead simple, and it has served me well- But, I'm in higher profile playing situation, doing 800-1500 seat clubs, outdoor shows and the smaller clubs in between. One of the reasons I was hired is because I "have good tone", and I'd like to keep my reutation intact. Current setup is a SWR Silverado Special 2x12 combo, '99 or 2000 model, 350W. No effects, just pickups, cord, bass- tuner as needed, direct out pre-EQ to the board. What I like about my amp is its ability to deliver decent tone in the midst of sonic mayhem, but there just ain't enough volume. I like 12's. They give me usable lows, minus the rumble, and earlier SWR stuff has always translated Bartolini's very well, esp. when you dig in- they bark a little. Guitarist has tone to die for, but at ear-splitting volume. The drummer is heavy handed, as is the KB player to my left. I am seriously outgunned with the sub-lows coming off the back of the mains, if I get close to the mic- If I move back to hear my rig, the drummer to my right pounds me (no no plexi-fishtank for him..) and the KB player sometimes invading my sonic space down low. I have narrowed my head choices down to the Genz-Benz Shuttlemax 12.0, and the Carvin BX1500. Both are light, reasonably priced and powerful. The GB seems like it's more flexible, and if I stick to my theory of bass gear- "Always get the best gear you can just barely afford" it tends to keep me happier, longer. The Carvin has power by the bucketload, and users seem to be happy with what they can offer tonally- I like tube preamps for their ability to be sonically forgiving with power applied after. Cab choices are Avatar 2x12neo, and a 2x10 on top both at 4ohm. I have an email out to DukeLejeune (Audiokinesis) looking at his 12 cabs, but I seem to recall that they don't work well paired. (I could also be very wrong on that.) I have about 1600 total to spend, so it seems as if those are my best bets in terms of power and scalability. I'm keeping the swr for smaller venues. Your thoughts?