Well I played my first gig with my new band last Saturday (We killed it and we have only been playin for 2 1/2 months). While I was mostly happy with the performance, I found that sometimes my bass really didn't cut through. I had to turn it way up to get it noticeable and it was just a hassle. I played primarily a MIM fretless J bass but also a Squier p-bass for some slap. My amp is some Crate combo with a 15" speaker, and I had no preamp or effects (aside from a volume pedal for one song). I'm looking into buying either a preamp or just goin all out and gettin a new amp altogether (I have had the Crate one for about 3 years and I wanna upgrade). I was looking at the Acoustic B200H head with the B115 cab but haven't had the chance to play it yet. I also looked at a BBE Bmax preamp. Basically, I just wanna know a fairly inexpensive way (under $500) to make my sound "cut through". I'd love to know what you guys think so I have an idea where to start.