Okay, I have done my time and research to narrow my search down to two tube bass amps and have come up with the following: Ampeg SVT-2 (pro or non pro) or a Mesa/Boogie Bass 400+ No matter which one I decide upon, the amp will be pushing an Ampeg 810e cabinet. This is where "you" come in. Tell me your experiences and what you think would work best for me. I "believe" that only one place around me carrys the SVT-2. Other than that, I cannot go and try before I buy. That bites but it happens. my local G.C. Has every other model except the SVT-2 and Mesa 400+ so that too is out of the question. I looked at reviews and they are pretty even. I hear the pros Mesa is lighter, lots of tubes but not as overdriven... Ampeg is more overdrive but quieter than the Mesa and heavier. I will be using this setup exclusively with a Fender P-Bass (1/4 pounder pickups and a MusicMan Stingray-don't own one yet) I will be playing with a pick and am looking for that alternative, emo style bass which is punchy, and has some overdrive and bite to it.