Hello, This is my first post so please be kind to a newbie. I just bought a Hofner Vintage 63 bass and I am looking for an amp and cab. I'm really looking for the kind of sound that McCartney has on his Live At The Cavern show. If you listen to "Bluejean Bop", as an example, he has really nice smooth acoustic-ish sound. (Use headphones if listening on your computer) On his "Run Devil Run" CD the same song (and I assume the same Hofner) the bass is more "electric" for lack of a better term. It's more powerful sounding but not the tone I'm looking for. I know the sound is most probably from it being DI and then mixed in the studio but I like to get that sound from an amp. I think he's using a Mesa Boogie 2x15 and 400+ on stage but don't think that that is where the sound is coming from -Or is it? So my questions are: The best way to get this kind sound/tone from an amp and cab? Brands? Tubes? Solid State? Digital? Analogue? Speaker size? Pre-Amps? Compression? EQ settings? Effects? I've got around $2500 to spend and would like descent wattage. After looking at all kinds of gear (Markbass, Ashdown, Mesa Boogie, Traynor, Ampeg, GK) I'm more confused then ever. Help! Please be particular. Thanks.