...because I know that I'm not the first with a similar question, but searching and reading the stickies haven't solved my inquiry in a satisfactory way. I'll try to do my best to explain what's going on with me regarding this bass amps stuff. My current amp is a Crate BXH220 head with an old Peavey 2x15 cab. Not bad, but definitely not a great setup. I know there are lots of GREAT bass amps, but amp GAS has never hit me (and this one of the forums I visit the least, BTW) because: 1- It is very common nowadays here that bass is also running through the PA system and most of hired PAs include a bass amp, sometimes a really good one. The best in my town right now is a Trace Elliot combo (can't remember the model) plus a 15" cab. Another guy has a SWR Working Man series which also sounds great to me. 2- I'm not the kind of person who likes to be transporting heavy stuff all the time and I know that if I own a great bass amp (which most likely will be a BIG one), it will be under the hands of roadies, and the so-called "roadies" here aren't careful with instruments. Worse of all, they never assume the cost of a damage because most of the times they're really poor guys. 3- Most of the times, and because of the bass running through the PA system, an amp is mostly intended as a personal and band mates' monitor. Problem is that I can try to do my best to EQ my amp the way I like, but it will be ruined when heard through the PA because these guys don't know how to EQ a bass, specially because they're always afraid that the bass is going to blow their speakers. This is the reason because they never let the bass to sound through the monitor system and that's a really annoying thing, specially because of my band mates asking for more volume (the whole 14-piece band MINUS the bass is sounding through the monitors and these sound guys pretend the bass to be heard over that "wall of sound"). But despite of all of the above, I'd really love to have a good bass amp and cab. Problem is, there are so many options (and so many opinions) about what to get, and I think of something that isn't in the real high end area, but decent enough to bring a smile to my band mates' faces (and mine, of course). Maybe it's similar to what happened with my basses. I was happy with my Carvin (and still think it's a great bass), but the Bongo outperforms it (not only the Carvin, but so many instruments), and it's not a multi-thousand dollars instrument. The Crate can handle most of my gigs decently, but nothing to do with a GK 800RB I used last night, for instance. I've played almost any kind of gigs, from clubs to small stadiums. I'd like you to analyze the reasons why I don't think of upgrading my amp, let me know your opinions and what would you do and some recommendations on amps according to my situation, if possible. Thank you in advance!