I currently am running an Ampeg B2RE bass head through an Ampeg 4x10's. I also recently acquired a Kustom Tuck n' Roll bass head 200, more than likely late 60's. I have two Fender J basses which are passive and a Washburn XB-400, which has active P/U's. I run no effects or pedals. I have a hell of a time competing sound wise with volume hogging guitarists with Laneys and Marshall's, etc. I can never get good sound in live or practice settings. Even when I mic the cab to a soundboard, my tone is distorted and mediocre at best. Originally, I played exclusively the Ampeg head which I think is @350 w and could never compete. I was told by a gear head at a local shop to up the wattage. I got the Kustom which is suppose to be at 1000 w, but find I have worse tone than with the Ampeg. Is it my cab, or do I have two duds for heads? I just want to have the best sound I can possibly have to gig with. Suggestions? Are there any good literature to learn about settings and sound? Thanks!!