I currently own an Ampeg B100R 100-watt combo amp that I am finding nice but not capable of filling the larger areas with bass so I want to take the next step up to a separate amp and cabinet. With Xmas coming soon and I have a terrible bout of g.a.s (Gear Acquisition Syndrome for all of the newbies) and since I have been a good boy . I have allotted a budget of $700US for the two but that limit is negotiable. I just bought a 2004 American Jazz bass (via ebay) that I dont play that much so I dont want to overly upset my wife by spending a lot of money. The tone I am aspiring towards is that of John Entwistle (both old [Live at Leeds, The Kids Are Alrights live version of Wont Get Fooled Again] and the latter years [The John Entwistle Band Live DVD]). I accept the fact that I do not have the resources, playing technique, or years of experience Entwistle had so not precisely achieving his tone (or sound) is understood and accepted. My current primary axe is a Line 6 Variax 700 Bass (http://www.line6.com/variaxbass) running into a Bass POD XT Live (http://www.line6.com/basspodxtlive). (My dream is to own an Alembic Exploiter or Warwick Buzzard but thats another story and thread). The band I am in is aspiring to play in the smaller nightclubs. We play mostly heavy metal-type music such as Stone Temple Pilots and Alice in Chains to more rock-type songs such as Godzilla (Blue Oyster Cult) and Animals (Nickelback). Please excuse the generalizations. Currently I have been looking at 300-watt heads and 4 x 10 cabinets. I have spent some time here reading threads on amps and cabinets and it seems these (below) are the ones I have noticed as being popular and in my price range. (I apologize for all of the Musician Friend links but they provide information on the gear and a ballpark price to start from.) I have not yet left my house to audition any of these. I first wanted to hear what the Talk Bass people had to say about these before I narrowed my short list. Amps Ashdown MAG 300 http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ashdown-MAG-300H-300W-Bass-Amp-Head?sku=485030 My comment: Ashdown was the last amp of choice for John Entwistle before passing away (R.I.P.) so my first look was at Ashdown, and I like their price. There is also the ABM series of amps. They are more expensive but if its worth it . Gallien-Krueger Backline 600 http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/GallienKrueger-Backline-600-Bass-Head?sku=482534 My comment: I have read somewhat mixed reviews about this amp compared to the Ashdown but I have an open mind. Behringer BX4500H Ultrabass http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Behringer-BX4500H-Ultrabass-Bass-Head?sku=481090 My comment: There are many here who dislike Behringer for various reasons. I own Behringer gear and I have been reasonably pleased with them so I am not entirely ruling out their products. I remember reading a review (I believe it was about this amp) in either Bass Player or Bass Guitar magazine and the review was favorable. I hope that this thread does not open more Behringer bashing. Like everyone, I want the best bang for the buck and this includes quality-type issues. Yamaha BBT500H 500W Digital Bass Amp http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-BBT500H-500W-Digital-Bass-Amp-Head?sku=480819 My Comments: I dont recall seeing this amp mentioned much here at Talk Bass but I have been happy with my other Yamaha products in the past. This amp is a little more expensive than the others. Ampeg B2RE Bass Head and B410HLF 4x10" Half Stack http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ampeg-B2RE-Bass-Head-and-B410HLF-4x10-Half-Stack?sku=481727 My comments: Yes these two together go over my budget but if there were compelling reasons go with this duo . I have been happy with my Ampeg and they do have a renowned name. If I have omitted an amp that you believe is a contender please let me know. Cabinets Ashdown MAG 410T http://www.musiciansfriend.com/prod...X10-Deep-Bass-Cabinet-with-Tweeter?sku=605032 My comment: I suspect that it was designed to be matched with the MAG 300. Gallien-Krueger 410BLX-II 4 x 10 Bass Cabinet http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/GallienKrueger-410BLXII-4-x-10-Bass-Cabinet?sku=601054 My comment: Same as for the GK amp above. Yamaha BBT410S 4 x 10" Bass Speaker Cabinet http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-BBT410S-4-x-10-Bass-Speaker-Cabinet?sku=601412 My comment: I have had no issues with Yamaha products in the past. Behringer Ultrabass BB410 1200W 4x10 Bass Cabinet http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Behringer-Ultrabass-BB410-1200W-4x10-Bass-Cabinet?sku=600606 My comment: Same as for the Behringer amp above. Avatar 4x10 B410 NEO http://avatarspeakers.com My comment: These seem to be very popular. I would love to hear your comments. Please tell me if you own any of the above, where you bought it and price, what you like and dont like about it, and would you recommend it. If I have left out any obvious choices please feel free to tell me about it. I will add a poll to this thread if people think it will benefit the thread. Thanks for your help.