This will be my first public post. I know you've all heard it before, but in the States you've got it so good. Street price for Ampeg in Australia is SVT3Pro = $A2400, and SVT410HLF = $A2000 (and that's if you know the bloke at the music store and pay cash). Here, tone comes at a much higher price, yet nearly every pro player still uses Ampeg or wants to. If the pricing is difficult to comprehend, check out an Aus. website. We don't have the luxury of a massive used market (pop. 20 million). The point is, we still buy the stuff even though (with a Fender, Warwick, Musicman bass or similar) the average pro rig here is worth at least $A7k. My bass playing colleagues and myself don't question spending this type of money because we earn a living or a good percentage of it from playing but it serves to put in perspective what I feel are rather puerile arguments regarding what we would consider miniscule differences between the pricing of various amp options. Our choices are made based on tone alone and luckily, anyone living in the States doesn't have to make such a comittment. Spare a thought for us.