I recently played a gig where I decided to use the amp that was provided because 1) I was too lazy to bring my own (usually not the case) and 2) I heard they had an Ampeg SVT Classic w/ 8x10 cab there. I went in with huge expectactions from this Ampeg setup, as I used to own the BA-115 combo and the Ampeg V4BH. Not to mention how you see this rig a lot and many people praise it as if it is the holy grail of amps. My band was on third, and the first two bands were using this amp. I was utterly disgusted with the tone and how it cut through. I always wanted an SVT and 8x10 and I was thorougly disgusted. The amp had been turned up past 12:00 on the Pre-amp and the Master and the other settings were at 12:00 or past. Anyway, with both bands you could only hear/feel the E and A strings on their basses (B as well for one bassist with 5 string basses). The only time you could hear the D and G strings was when the bassist would pluck or slap and it sounded GROSS. As well, the notes that were audible from the lower strings were MUDDY as hell. I just don't understand. Maybe it is their basses or the settings? They had (from what I remember) a Lakland Skyline 55-02 deluxe and there was Peavey Cirrus I think (5er), etc. So, I almost felt like going home to get my amp, but I figured it's the 300 watt beast SVT so I could maybe screw with the settings. I noticed the HIGH and LOW boosts were on, so I turned them off (through experience with the V4BH), put the bass knob at 1:00, the mid knob at 1:00 and the treble at 12:00. I boosted the mids on my bass a tiny bit, and kept the rest flat. By the way, I use a Warwick Thumb Bolt-on 4 and a Warwick Streamer LX 4. The amp gradually sounded better as I adjusted a bit more. But, I have to say, and this is not being biased at all because I came into this with an open mind and in awe of the powerhouse that is the SVT...this amp is nothing like I expected it to be. My Eden WT800 and 410XLT cab totally slay this amp. Much more clarity in the notes and the bass/mids are more focused. I can't begin to describe how much I wanted my amp there for that show. I don't know if it was just that SVT in particular, but I was toatlly disapointed and rather pissed. Maybe it has something to do with when Crate bought Ampeg? or maybe just a bum SVT? Or maybe the SVT's greatness lies in the 70's like some say? I don't know, but I figured I'd post my story anyway.