i'll try to introduce myself, ask for help, and keep it short all in one post. age: early 30's time playing: i was 12. influences: started off as a heavy metal kid (metallica, megadeath, skid row, etc.) 14-15 went through a southern rock/country phase. by college it was dave matthews and bela fleck and the flecktones (victor wooten). gear: i have a cheap 5 string hammer slammer bass and for years i've been using a GK 200 rcb into a 1x15 peavey blackwidow loaded into a traynor cab. it ain't pretty but it has worked and sounds great to my ears. because of marriage, two kids and a job i pretty much just play in church. and i get "out" maybe 2-3 times a year and these are just about 100-200 people. well, here's the help i need. my gk head has gone south. no matter the volume or note it has a reverse fade. i love the tone but i've been wanting something that would take up less space for years. i figured that would come in the form of a new cab. but now i wonder if i'm not just looking for a whole new rig. i was originally thinking about a 2x10 gk combo. but on here i've seen talk of the genz benz shuttles and other small combos. i'm really interested in the size and price of the 1x8 shuttle. but i like low end. i like my bass to rumble and be felt with a little top end to be heard. i'm wondering if an 8 or a 10 can pull that off. and how does a genz benz compare in tone to a gk? should i just keep looking at getting a gk if i really like the tone? or are some of these smaller amps actually good sounding? thanks for your help.