i'm in the middle of a crisis. i have played a lot of heads and during the years i've been amazed by various models and manifacturers. i own an ampeg svt3 pro and i satisfied with it, not amazed but completely satisfied. one day i went to a second hand shop and i found a strange old head. the price was 100$ and the guy in the shop said that once it was a combo and now the head has been separated and it looks as an head. it has a preamp tube and two poweramp tubes, one volume control, one for bass and one for the treble. on off and nothing more. i played it in the shop and amazed by the monstrous power i decided to buy it. it is an head made in italy by eko and the model is herald III, 130w all tube. once at home i started to play with my bass and cab. incredible...there is only the sound of your bass and your fingers, really near to an acoustic instruments and absolutely the best tone i have ever head. not to speak about the loudness... this makes me think about a couple of things. first i honestly think that producing now this head or something similar could be great, no feature, no materials low production costs and wonderful tone.... second, i'm a big fan of ampeg and i use the svt3 as exemple only because this is the head i usually play and that i own, how is possible that a 130w head from the '60 sounds MUCH LOUDER than a modern and powerful head such as the svt3 pro?