I have amp phobias. This is the 67th time I'm in the same position asking almost the same questions. I have a 27 year old 130 Peavey combo who's visits to the doctor are getting more and more frequent. It crapped out again last night and i simply can't trust it anymore. Here's what I'm looking at: Ashdown Electric Blue Ashdown C115T Fender Bassman 250 - 2X10, or 1X15 Yorkville XM200 Some of my many questions: The ashdowns. I'm reading that while C115 is rated at 300 watts that's only if you hook up an extra speaker. The combo itself is only pushing 130 watts. If that's the case and I didn't plan on getting another bottom, wouldn't the electric blue be better at 180 wattts and less money? Hmmm... or does that only put out 70 watts as is. What's the deal wth these other amps too? Do they put out the watts they say they do, or do I have to read really carefully. Also, and my main concern... my Peavey was a freak, it covered every gig i ever did anywhere without distorting. I've played stacks in studios that had 300 watt heads, a 15 and 4 tens that distorted like crazy before it was loud enough to hear myself. How the hell do I know what amps are going to do this and what amps won't without taking them out to a gig??? I can't crank them in the stores, and I can't take other people word on it because it's all subjective. i had a 200 watt hartke head and 4X10 that some people swore by - it wasn't worth crap to me because as soon as I got it to a level that I could hear with my band all it sounded like was a bunch of guys farting. I hate buying amps.... I've bought and returned about 6 of em cuz my Peavey always sounded better... HELP!!!! Newer Peaveys don't sound like my old one if yer thinking, just buy another peavey then. Also - my expereince is that 2 10s will distort long before 1X15. Is this accurate, or simply my experience? Can you get real, deep bottome out of 2 10s> I think I've asked enough now. Please contribute what you can, every little bit helps. Thanks Oh yeah - I absolutely cannot go over $650 in price, and I don't like buying used.