Hey guys, I have a HWY1 Jazz and a Hughes&Kettner Basskick 100 W Combo and I like the tone, but I miss some punch, clarity and tone... My Bass sounds good, the amp also, but I want something that should cut through easily any band. I was thinking of a better quality preamp. My combo's preamp is good for thew money I paid for (350 EUROs) but I want something better. I guess you know the feeling. I was thinking for an outboard preamp, because I don't want to start drilling holes in my bass for battery and stuff... I want to use the preamp especially at live gigs like this : Bass to preamp, from preamp one to the mixer and one to the combo. The main goal is that the audience should hear the Bass+preamp tone, while I hear the Bass tone in the combo, just for monitoring. So the choices are : - Tech21 SansAmp (the first one, I've heard that the programmable one doesn't sound as good) - about 200 Euro - Sadowsky Outboard Preamp - about 250 Euro - Aguilar Outboard Preamp - about 180 $ - Ampeg multi-tube preamp - much more, maybe $ 500? So, I have a few questions: 1. Should I buy one of the first three? If Yes, which? Why? If No, Why not? 2. Should I save more money and go for Ampeg multi-tube preamps? If No, why? If Yes, Which one? How much? 3. Is the tone improvement with the Fet Outboard preamps much better then the sound of the bass plugged in the amp? I mean, I can buy a 250 $ Sadowsky or else preamp and notice that the improvement is very little... 4. Any other reccomandations for preamps? I am looking to buy one of these preamps used, so, if you have an offer for me, please PM me. On the other hand, at many festivals here in Romania, there are a lot of good bass amps. Here in Romania, bass players don't use to carry their amps at festivals, because they know there is a good am there waiting for them. For example, I've seen Messa 400+ and Ampeg SVT 2,3,4 and other top of the line tube amps with one 8x10" or 4x10"+1x15". 5. Wouldn't it be a waste of money buying a Sadowsky Fet Outboard preamp and noticing that the SVT in their back sounds much better without it? So, final question : 6. What should I buy/do? Thank you.