I kind of gave up on amps in the mid-90's. Back in the day, I liked mic'ing my SVT much more than DI'ing my bass. I thought DI's sounded cold and sterile, and nothing sounded better than a mic'ed SVT. Then DI's got better, and my SVT got heavier as I got older. Then it broke, and I didn't get it fixed. I bought an SVT 3 Pro and a 4-10". It was OK, but it wasn't the same. A DI always sounded better to me than mic'ing it. And really, I didn't think that the tube preamps made all that much difference in the DI sound, and the sound out of the speakers was good but it was no match at all for that tube SVT, so I gave up mic'ing and I looked for ways to try to get out of bringing an amp at all. But too many drummers complained, so I still brought an amp. Once in a while I played my 66 B-15N through my 4-10" and I'd mic it. That sounded great and put out a fair amount of power. But because the old B was getting delicate and a little fussy for one-nighters, I usually used a hybrid head and my 4-10" and only used it as an onstage monitor. As a result, I got really bored with amps and didn't even really care about them at all except as something I had to have if I wanted to work. But now there are a few companies that have really strived to make solid state sound as good as tubes, and they're succeeding at a level and price point I never thought possible. Tell me a year ago that an amp that costs less than $1000 could actually compete with an SVT in any way, shape or form, and I'd have laughed in your face. But as far as clean sounds, I think solid state has just about nailed the tube vibe. And it makes me want to start mic'ing cabs again. It also makes me want to play tube amps more and maybe even lug around an SVT occasionally. There's no way I'll ever go back to lugging one full-time because I'm old now, but fortunately, I can finally get that vibe from my new solid state stuff, at least for clean sounds. Clean is all I need for my live work now anyway. It's all given me a new appreciation for amps and how important they are for a bassist. I took them for granted for many years because I felt they had become glorified monitors, no better than plugging into a Mackie board and running through the PA. But even though I can still appreciate a good DI, I plan on mic'ing a cab being a much more important ingredient in my sound from here on out. I might even buy me a fancy bass mic, although I still love an old Shure SM-58. Hope you all don't mind an old man rambling on a bit, but for the first time in about 12 years, I'm excited about amps again.