hey all, due to the larger gigs, and a recent promotion at work , i'm lookin' for a new more powerful rig. I've settled on a Peavey DPC1400x (woulda went with a Stewart 1.2, but something without a fan scares the pants offa me), but now need a pre. I'm primarily a jazzer/funk/slap guy, who likes a quick & responsive tone that's lively, airy, and clear. but now, i wanna add a dallop of tubey juicyness to that. my basses are primarily maple/ash with jazz or soapie pickups. After researching all over Talkbass, i just need a little fine tuning. Seems like all that's left for me is either Aguilar's DB659 or one of Demeter pre's. From the posts, the VTBP-201S seems like its EQ wouldnt be flexible enough for me. Has anyone tried the D's HBP-1?? how's its tone? is something lost in it not being all tube? Also, like i said in the DB750 post, i just got a DB359 for my home studio, and love that sound, and think the Aguilar sound fits me well. But i'd rather have something different to keep things interesting. BTW, if you're interested, i'm selling off my WT400 and iAMP350. So, if you're interested, keep an eye out on ebay. oh yea, and anyone selling a Kern for cheap?