I've been playing about a year and a half and am pretty happy with how my playing has progressed so far. I have a great bass (an American P) and a decent amp (a Bassman 400 over a bassman 115). I play blues and a little bit of classic rock and like a very old school warm tone. This past weekend I got to try out a Peavey VB-2. It is the closest thing that I've found to the "sound in my head". The price seemed fair, I'm figuring out what to sell to pull this off quickly. My questions are these: -I have only played solid state amps up to now. Is there special "care and feeding" required? -Should I sill carry a solid state backup with me? -If I spend a lot of time working out in a gym will this ever seem lighter?