Look for an amp on a budget? Me, too. One amp I had been interested in was the Ampeg B2R, perhaps finding it on the used market. The talkbass opinion on the Ampeg B2R is usually very negative. I had been kind of turned off from the amp. Last night I walked into an audition and, lo and behold, the studio is supplying an Ampeg B2R. How convenient, since trying an amp in the store is one thing, but trying it with a band is a whole other level. What follows is an objective analysis of the Ampeg B2R for those on the market for an affordable gigging amp. This one seems to pop up in the threads a lot, and the information here is a bit confusing. Anyway, here's my take on the amp for those in the hunt: GEAR OTHER THAN THE AMP: Bass: DeArmond Pilot 4, PJ set of pickups. I was using the bridge pickup as the pickups are a bit woofy/mushy on this bass. Cabinet: It was an ampeg -- looked like the 6x10. Those are 4Ohms, I believe. I think these sell for a grand, and you should factor into this review that this was a NICE sounding cabinet. Pedals: As I said, the bass I have is woofy/mushy, so I run through an MXR 5-band EQ pedal. But I don't do much EQ'ing. I dial out some of the woof, but otherwise leave it alone. THE AMP: TONE: Solid. Good and deep. Very clean. The guys I auditioned for played LOUD, but I cut through well. Not a "wet-blanket" bass sound, but a good, percussive tone that put a lot of bottom to the band and still had an impact. If you like clean, solid, good for any style bass tone, this will do that for you. VOLUME: This was into a 4Ohm cabinet, but there was PLENTY of volume. I didn't mess much with the amp -- everything looked set at 5. Definitely enough power in the amp, although how it works at 1 8Ohm cabinet, I can't say. QUALITY: When I got there, the previous guy had been using the 9-band EQ. I don't like these on any type of amp, so I turned it off without thinking about it. Immediately I noticed a buzz go away. I have yet to find an amp where the graphic EQ doesn't intoduce some sort of noise, but with it off, the amp was quiet. Could the problem be my bass, and the graphic EQ was just accentuating those frequencies? Sure, although the EQ was set pretty flat when I got there (so why have it on?). The amp was a backline in a rehearsal studio, so it could have taken some abuse. OVERALL: Would I buy one of these new for $579.00? If I absolutely HAD to have a new amp, then yes. But for $600, I'd probably shop for a used Eden WT300 or Walkabout. However, on the used market for $300 or less, which is fairly easy to do, this is a solid amp for gigging. Would you tell the difference between the B2R and an Eden live? Probably not, and the drunk chicks dancing certainly wouldn't. My 45 minutes with this amp were a blast, and I've made up my mind to buy one of these used.