I went to the music store the other day to play my PRS Bass that I have on lay away through a couple of different amps... I played through a 100 watt Fender Bassman and a Mesa Boogie that was 2 1/2 times the cost of the Fender. What struck me as weird was that the Fender Bassman sounded 10X better then the Mesa Boogie. I started out with the EQ flat on both amps, and then I tweaked them to my liking. And still the Fender Bassman sounded much better... I only used one bass, but still I learned an important lesson... price IS NOT everything.