ok I have a question that I know I need to answer myself - but tough as I live far from any legit music stores. My problem is my inability to try gear before I buy... Anyways - my current rig is Peavey Foundation 5 basses (VFL, passive pickups) into a Hartke Bass Attack pedal, into a Carvin Bx500 and Carvin BRX10.2 cab. So, my ideal tone is "slightly aggressive jazz, ballsy, with some thump and midrange punch'. Playing in two bands - both are getting busier, which is leading to opportunities (equirement!)to add a second amp rig, relegating the BX500 to backup/practice amp status. I like the BX -but the tone is sterile (hence the Bass Attack). Music is classic rock to modern country, some pop thrown in. I'm very interested in the Mesa D800 - based on what I'm reading here, again, no chance to try one out personally. I guess my question is - does the TB expert group here have any other amps to suggest that may fit into my desired tone/music style needs? I've read a lot of good on the Peavey Minimax - is that amp any kind of comparison to the D800? How about the Genzler offerings? How about cabs? I love my BRX - but I also like the idea of a 2x12 cabinet. Is my answer to just suck it up and save up the money for the D800 and 2 -1x12 Mesa cabs, or are there other options that may get me there? I'd also love to lose the Bass Attack - I'd really like to be able to go direct from bass to amp.... Big questions - thanks in advance for any guidance!!!