I think I decided that my life will not achieve completion until I own an Ampeg SVT 350 (or the older 200T) head. I absolutely love the tone of this thing. However, I am just starting a new job and am more than a little short on funds. I have heard that Ampegs really only sound good through ampeg cabinets, so it is going to cost me big. Does anybody know a cheaper alternative to Ampeg? I have heard the Ashdown mag series is worth purchasing, but they seem too good to be true. I have never found an Ashdown to play, so I only have other people's advice to rely on. I have played the Behringer Ultrabass which people say is supposed to be great, but I absolutely hated it. I use some slap and pop, which sounds great through SWR, but I hate everything else about those. I want meaty natural tone on a budget. I want a classic bass sound like what ampeg creates, not some modern tinny sound. I play punk (that doesn't mean I suck) and many forms of rock. I do not play metal so I have no interest in anything that is meant for metal. I would like to hear some advice about ashdown from somebody who didn't necesarily already buy it. If anybody has any recommendations for me, please let me know. Thanks.