Hello, I'm looking to put together a backup rig consisting of my old trusty DPC 1000 amp and a pre of some sort pedal or rack, don't really care at this point. No DI is not a disqualifier. I love my Sadowsky bass and love my passive J's. I tend to like tones from all over the spectrum. But, I tend to go for a jaco, Will Lee and Johnny B Gayden sound mixed together. Hope that makes maybe a little sense. Thing is, if I have to pay much more than $300 or so, I'd probably go find a LMII or LMIII or something and call it done. Thanks.