OK, Recently have been having problems with my little SWR Bass 350, wimpy as it may be... I have thoroughly used it on all gigs from Dec 2000 to the present. It started to have a little distortion a week or so ago, now it is completely unuseable. It was mentioned to me from a friend to change the 12ax7 in it... did that, still same distortion. I really don't have time to deal with fixing it... ...on to the reason for the thread. Since I have the need for more power (headroom) on my gigs these days, I'm thinking about taking the plunge on a pwr/pre set up. There are a lot of you cats that using this set up and I really could use the input. Currently I have a Crown CE 1000 coming in from a follow TBer (via UPS)... I need to pick out a reasonably priced preamp, that is versatile, solid and has a great DI built in to it. Here are current Pre's that I have thought of (so far): SansAmp RBI BBE Bmax Trace Elliot V-Type Alembic F1-x (used) Aguilar DB 659 (used) If you have owned or tried any of these, please give me some of your feedback on them. Also if there are other suggestions that I should try out, let me know... *I really don't have another gig till NYE (12/31/03), so I have a few days to work on a pre or borrowing a rig.