Well, I searched and searched through various threads and I got some good information doing so, but I decided I'd better start my own that can express the specifics of my own situation a bit better. This is an incredible forum, by the way. So my Carvin 600 Red Line amp recently broke. I'll probably have it fixed just out of principle, but I never really liked it that much anyway and I figure I'll use this as a great excuse to replace it. I still own the Red Line 2x10 cabinet it came with, as well as an Avatar 2x10 cabinet that no longer works. I'm in a band that currently plays small venues. We have two guitarists, one of whom achieves this huge, textured sound through a variety of effects. We're kind of like a Mogwai/Sigur Ros/Cocteau Twins thing. Anyway, I need an amp that can cut through. On some songs the tone I look for is very fundamental and warm; on others, I'm looking for something a bit more aggressive (but not quite Tool-like). If you've heard Mogwai, I'm basically looking for a bit of that tone. But I also play James Brown/Meters/J.B.'s style funk and acid jazz on occasion and would like the versatility to cover that tone too. I don't drive a big car, we don't play big places, and we don't play too often yet, so I'd like portability. On the other hand, I don't want to get something that will limit me if/when we progress. In all honestly I don't know much about amps. I've had this Carvin for 9 years and was never motivated to replace it. Now I've realized how overwhelming the options are. Right now the idea of a really nice combo appeals to me because of its portability. But then, the idea of getting a really nice head and using my existing cabinet (and eventually the Avatar if I fix it) also makes sense... I'm just not sure if my Carvin 2x10 cabinet would do a good head justice anyway. In any case I need something that is clear at fairly high volumes. Ideally, I'd get an amp that I'd plug into, play a note, and just think, "Holy cow, so *this* is what a real bass amp sounds like!" without having to mess with the billion knobs and buttons my Carvin has. I think the max I'd want to pay is $1500, but of course I'd love to pay less than that. A few things I've been thinking of: -Ampeg B2RE (read great reviews, but some say it's not loud enough) with my current cabinets. Or, Musician's Friend sells it with an Ampeg 4x10 for about 1100. -SWR Super Redhead combo. It's almost 1500 at musiciansfriend.com, but Musiciansbuy.com has it for less than 1200! This one is currently my most tempting option. -Eden DC-210XLT. However, I'm honestly shying away from it a bit after having read a few complaints about its unreliability. -Carvin BRX212. I'm a bit hesitant to get another Carvin, but this line seems much, MUCH better than the Red Line and it's super portable. -Aguilar AG 500 head. To show how ignorant of amps I am, I'd never heard of this company until I found this forum. Now I'm very intrigued by it. Again though, I'm wary that my Carvin cab would render its quality kind of meaningless. -Nemesis NC410 Combo. It seems to be a great combination of value + quality but I haven't found many reviews of it. Anyway, anything else anyone recommends? What do you think about the amps I'm intrigued by?