Hi everybody: First post. TL;DR: I bought a Crown DriveCore XLS 1500, which is a good thing I did, but I am in agony about the missing link. Long version for the intrepid among you: I sold my 1001rb-ii today. I'm fine with that. Today's transaction leaves me with the following reality: Fender P Bass Plus ("Boner Bass") with DiMarzio pickups Ernie Ball Sterling GK Neo 212 GK Neo 410 Darkglass B3k EWS Tri-Logic Bass Preamp 2 ...and a bunch of cables. I played gigs in Seattle and Portland the last 2 nights and observed the following: 1. I love the fact that house sound guys in Seattle are smart/considerate enough to mic the bass cab even on a Wednesday night at the Sunset Tavern. 2. I love the headroom and flexibility provided by the Crown. Bust out the bridge mode cable for 1 cab gigs and juice your brains out. 3. My sound still needs something The Tri-Logic is a fantastically subtle tool. It is one of the most transparent preamps I've ever tweaked on. I believe in the sound of my instruments. With a Fender PJ and an Ernie Ball I can cover pretty much any interesting rock sound out there. I have no issue with the core tools I'm working with, and the Tri-Logic does a good job of nudging those sounds in the right direction without completely overriding them. Since it's an 18v pedal I have no problem driving the Crown. I've been playing for almost 25 years and have come to realize that the instrument comes first (keep in mind I'm primarily a rock player at the moment), and that the electronics should enhance the character and capabilities of the instrument I have chosen. In my mind, equalization and other things related to the pre-amplification stage should enhance the fundamental character of the tone that you are working with; not obfuscate it by creating a sound that pretends you committed to something else. The combo of the Crown and the EWS ALMOST gets me there. My sound just needs a bit of slather. The last few weeks I've been vacillating between a Basswitch, a REDDI, a Firefly, an SVP-Pro, and a million other options available on basstasters, but now I realize I have a sickness and a longing (hence the thread title) that transcends the issue at hand. I'm officially gear crazy, and I know from experience that that leads to poor purchasing decisions so if I may finally get to the point, my quandary is this: assuming I can stick to the Crown + tone shaping option, and knowing that I'm a rock player with a decent day job, what is the most reasonable thing for me to do to get to my happy place? Here are my fantasy scenarios: 1. Basswitch. Yes it's all solid state and everything I've said up to this point screams TUBE, but is TUBE a red herring? I know it's a safe bet, but if I've learned anything by lurking here it's that I should chase down a sound and not a technology. 2. Get a low power Eden head (like a WT300) and slave it to the Crown in certain situations 3. Get a bitchen tube DI and hope I can talk the sound guy into using it and also somehow get the sound to my amp as well. 4. Abandon the PA amp and go to something that is more tone oriented than volume + tone oriented (like Markbass, which has always impressed me as a low volume recording option) 5. Find an "old" Ampeg or other tube pre to sister with the Crown (Keep in mind that I am currently really digging the idea of shaping my sound on the pedal board and just making it louder with amplification) all while not spending $2000 on top of the $XK I've already sunk Regarding my sale of the GK: I have a special place in my heart for GK. My first head was a 400RB (1990?). My second was an 800RB (1992-1996). My third was the 1001rb-ii (2011-today). I am a believer...but things change. People change. TBH I would have kept the GK forever if it were up to me. It kicks ass in certain situations...but despite the fact that I have a good job that pays pretty well, I still have to sort of rotate my way though gear upgrades. It's much easer to tell your wife that you are going to be able to pay off a $600 nut over the course of two years of interest free financing by playing a bunch of $50 gigs or by selling a piece of gear that is not really your bag any more than it is to negotiate $500 straight from the home checking account when a good deal pops up on Craigslist. The children have to eat. Again, this is my first post. Be gentle.