This past weekend, I became obsessed with mastering Midnight Train to Georgia. In the process, I swapped a set of TI jazzers for a set of Jamerson flats (with truss rod adjustment), tweaked eq’s, cut some foam for the bridge cover, etc., all for the goal of achieving that wonderful, bouncy, rich thump out of my P Bass. In the process of my unabashed OCD, I discovered as a watershed moment that my passion is pretty much devoted to Jamerson/Babbitt/Dunn-esque basslines, but my current equipment is cab heavy with a couple of pedals that could go by the wayside. I had a quasi-appointment to meet up with a seller for a Peavey Classic 400 next week, but I cancelled because it occurred to me my doom/stoner aspirations are wishful at best, as is the prospect of lifting a nearly 100 lb tube head (he’s in Nashville if anyone is interested btw...I would so love to hear the thing). Currently, I have my Aguilar GS212 and Peavey Alpha Bass stationed at my weekly Sunday morning church gig. This setup is overkill: they are a folksy small <100 congregation and not a loud, 500+ member non-denominational concert hall. That being said, this rig sounds really good, but I’m not emotionally attached to either item (I have sunk some serious change into the tube head to get it working flawlessly, more than I will ever recoup from selling it). All the foregoing lays the foundation for what I THINK I want: an Ampeg B-15...either the real thing, or a very close facsimile in another total package or preamp. Loud is no longer a goal for me. Tone is king, rich Motown/Stax stank, and I don’t care if it is 50 years old or brand new. My passion is soul and blues, and I want to situate myself gear-wise (within reason) to embrace what works best. I’ve got the bass, and now I need to resolve what comes after it. My Alpha Bass requires a sufficiently strong line-level preamp signal in case that’s relevant in choosing a DI/preamp to achieve what I want (+10 dBV 3 volts), and since I already have a tube power section at my disposal, why not consider a versatile and delicious-sounding pre if something suitable exists? Assuming I kept the Alpha Bass, my budget is <$1000. Selling it, my budget is <$1500. I have a strong bias in favor of tubes. All the examples of the real thing currently for sale are in the northeast beyond my comfort zone for shipping or my ability to go retrieve. PF-20/50? B25/VB4? REDDI? Noble? MarkBass? Tonehammer? Tweak what I have, improve my chops, and end the search for the elusive Jade Monkey? Suggestions please good TB’er’s. I have already exercised a search, and it usually winds up with Jimmy M preaching the gospel of Ampeg. Perhaps I should just convert. Thx in advance.