Thanks to all who gave me amp suggestions, etc. All things considered, I'm aiming to go for a GK head as the foundation of my new rig. I will definitely try out other amp heads if the opportunity presents itself, but based on suggestions and what I've read online, I feel like I should pursue a GK head primarily. One thing that has specifically attracted me to Gallien-Krueger gear is the fact that I've read numerous personal reviews of their heads lasting a LONG time and usually being trouble-free the better part of the time. Another thing is that I'm looking for a punchy amp with growl. I'm not into the huge, bassy sound. I have a Spector Euro 5-string LX and I'm ready to let its tone shine by replacing my Peavey Basic 112 (which will hopefully because my practice amp henceforth. ). I'm looking to play all styles of music really, from blues to classic rock to metal/hardcore to funk to soft, indie-type rock. So it's basically down to the GK 800RB and the GK 1001RB-II. Now, just out of curiosity, I'm not really sure why these two heads are the same price...? The 1001RB-II has a heck of a lot more headroom (on paper anyways..never actually tried them out yet) and more features. Are these just meaningless bells and whistles that are dispensable for a better overall build and sound quality on the 800RB or what? I simply don't understand why they retail for the same price... So besides explaining that, if you want to give me your opinion as to which amp I should buy, I would highly appreciate it!