Last night I got to hear another bassist playing a rig that's about the complete opposite of mine, with the same type of band and music. What I learned is how much better his rig came through the mix than mine does, and I want to get a more punchy rock band friendly tone. My budget is small for this so no rig replacement is going to happen, but I have been wondering how an RBI preamp in the rack might work. If anyone here uses one, or has used one as a preamp to a power amp, what did you think? At one time I was considering an Ampeg preamp, but have read too many stories of hissing and failures. Would the RBI be in the same ballpark in terms of tone? For what it's worth I would be running this to a power amp then either to Avatar 212/210 or Epifani 410/115, which ever ones would help me get a better rock tone. If there are any other pre's, or inexpensive options I'd appreciate any input. Last night was a good eye opener that as much as I love my rig, it isn't really the most ideal for the kind of music I like to play.