Hey gang, Been lurking around here absorbing for a bit, figured I'd introduce myself and state my business. I've got a few questions running around in my head too. Prepare for a novel. So here's the deal... The name's Steve, I'm 26, live in the Dayton, Ohio area. I'm an electronic music (read: drum and bass) dj and producer. Been doing it for about 8 or 9 years now. I absolutely love it, but for the last year and a half or so I've felt a little stagnant and have wanted to expand my musical repertoire. Since bass is the coolest instrument EVAR, it seemed like the obvious choice. About 9 months ago I picked up my first bass, a Schecter Stiletto Elite-4. I was very fortunate to find a very talented instructor and gigging jazz bassist teaching about 2 miles from my house. I started taking lessons soon after purchasing my bass. Low and behold, after about a month worth of lessons my financial situation abruptly changed (as financial situations do), and I was forced to put down the bass and focus on more pressing issues. So here it is about 8 months later, I've settled into my new job, and I'm looking forward to starting back up with my instruction. w00t. Anyway, now on to my questions. My current practice setup in my studio is as follows: Stiletto Elite-4 -> Line 6 Bass Pod -> Mackie 24x8 -> QSC RMX-1450 -> Pair of Yamaha SV15 PA Cabs I'm thinking about putting together a rack rig based around another RMX-1450 I've got somewhere around here. I've also got a few compressors, Lexicon rack effects...all kinds of goodies to play around with and experiment with tone. There are SOOO many options for cabs and pre's that I'm a little overwhelmed. I've been reading on here like mad, and I have put together some options... perhaps you folks can offer some subjective opinions based on what I want. Here's what I know: 1. Based on the way things are going at the moment, I'd say my playing will consist of about 50% slap/pop and about 50% fingered. 2. My budget to get a rig going is about $900 (I have the gear to devote this entirely to a cab and get a good pre later, or I could divide it between a cab and a pre) 3. I prefer new equipment to second hand. 4. I love creamy, warm tone...but also like clarity and definition on the top end. A good tweeter is important to me. Think Vic Wooten meets Tim Commerford (Early RATM). So based on this information what should I be looking for in a cabinet? I've been looking at Avatar (the low price makes me a little iffy), Eden, Schroeder, GK, Acme, etc. Can you guys give me some experience-based opinions? What about preamps? I can just use the pod for now, but eventually I'd lake to get something with a little more...um...warmth. There's so many options, and I dont really have the resources to listen to them all. Thoughts? Sorry for the book, and thanks in advance!