Hello all, I'm pretty new to the Ampeg world and I'm in serious need of guidance. This is going to be a long post, apologies in advance. First off, about me: I play in a very active, touring indie rock band. We play charging, loud music in the vein of Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters, etc. My cabinet is the typical Ampeg 810E. I play a passive US Fender P-Bass and my dream tone is the classic, meaty SVT tone that we all know. To that end, 3 or 4 months ago I purchased a used SVT-CL. I'm not sure of its age, but I believe it's the version just before the current all-black crop. Mine is black with a blue "classic" logo on the front - early 90s maybe? Anyway, not long after I bought it, it died on me mid-rehearsal, losing about 99% of its volume and making a pained crackling sound. I took it to our amp repair guy, and he fixed it, saying that the vibrations had shaken some connection loose and that otherwise the amp was healthy. I was encouraged. Then, the other night at a gig, I set up my rig, plugged in -- and nothing. Not a peep. I was very flustered, obviously. The bassist from one of our 'sister' bands was there checking us out, and when he saw my problems, he immediately started blaming the SVT-CL, saying how fragile they are and that they're not really reliable enough to count on. Having little experience with them (I had always had a GK 800RB), I don't know what to believe. Anyway, my SVT-CL is out of commission, we have some very important gigs coming up, and we can't afford my having an amp that's going to crap out on us. That said, I went to Guitar Center and bought a new SVT 4-Pro, thinking that it would be more reliable due to its solid-state nature. I bought it yesterday and played a gig with it last night, and frankly I'm underwhelmed. The tone is *ok*, but definitely not as warm and punchy as the CL. And, I was hitting the volume limiter all night. Granted, it was a really bad room and we were CRANKED up louder than ever, but still -- with 1200W of power I would expect enough volume to shatter windows. So, I find myself in a quandary: I really feel that the SVT-CL is the amp for me, but I don't know whether I can count on it. From reading message boards, it seems that lots of other players use CLs (or vintage SVTs) as their main rig without issue. Bottom line: Is my CL just a lemon? Two failures in 4 months is not encouraging. I don't know if I want to give my particular amp another chance, but I'm not sure I want to write off the CL completely. Is the CL tough enough to take the rigors of the road, and should I look into buying another one?