Hey there fine bass folks.....long time lurker/first time poster here looking for help with the eternal debate of which Darkglass preamp to plunk several hundred dollars on. My MXR M80 is about gigged out and I'm looking to update and upgrade it. I seem to have narrowed it down to Darkglass after looking at several other quality options (SolidGold Beta DLX, Aguilar Tone Hammer, Tech21 VTBassDI.) I'm looking specifically for a 2 stage pedal with a more versatile distortion than what I already have, although my distortion use would be very light 95% of the time and primarily used to cut through the mix only. I like Darkglass's distortion in my Vintage Microtubes pedal and they seem to have some of the most versatile distortion options around in their Ultra series preamps, but despite listening to lots of demos I still can't figure out which out of Vintage Ultra V2 and Microtubes X Ultra has the most versatility and simultaneously is relatively easy to use on the fly in the middle of a gig if need be. (Am I asking too much?) I play primarily in cover bands with styles varying from modern pop/rock, vintage eighties pop and hard rock, nineties and millennial rock, as well as electric jazz and blues. That said, the clean capabilities of a preamp to color the tone are much more important to me than the distortion, though as mentioned above I would specifically want to blend in a touch distortion much like I have with the VMT and M80. TalkBassers, what are your experiences with these two pedals and which gives you the most bang for your buck in that context? BTW, if it helps, I primarily use active instruments (Alembic, Warwick, vintage 80's Spectors) but have been known to break out a passive instrument once in a while. I admit I may be slightly bass-schizophrenic!?! ;-) Thanks so much for your help and input!!