Hey guys! A little background... OK, a ton of background. Skip a couple paragraphs if you don't care. I have been playing guitar for about 15 years, and bass for maybe 7. I was and still am a huge gear nerd when it comes to guitars, guitar amps, and bass guitars. I never really got into bass amps/tones though. I was only really into playing. I had a cheap rumble combo for the longest time and it worked fine. Then my bands got more serious and I just used a friends 70s SVT w/ 810 that was at our shared space. Finally got myself an SVT3 non-pro (cheap, nowhere near as good as the vintage tube one) and I scored a Bergantino 310 for dirt cheap on Craigslist. The SVT was alright, but I am far from an expert on bass tone like I am with guitar tone. Our band has changed over time, we now use a much lower tuning, and the SVT3 was having trouble being loud enough. My drummer found (legitimately, just found it) a Trace Elliot GP7 head and it killed my SVT. So I found myself another Craigslist steal and got a GP12SMX. Thing sounds awesome, and I love the footswitchable graphic EQ that I can enable for a more cutting tone for leads. It's starting to not always start up properly and requires some powr cycling and smacking/punching to get started up. Once it gets going, its good. But this just won't cut it long term, especially with an expensive studio session upcoming. OK so on to my needs! With our low tuning (drop A#) and modern style, I think a modern solid state is the way to go. I love the sound of a tube amp, but I don't think its appropriate for my immediate needs with the band. The footswitchable graphic EQ has been a huge benefit for me. I would love some way that I can step on a switch and re-shape the tone for leads. Whether this is a tone shift, and graphic EQ enable, a seperate channel (does this even exist in bass amps), I like having 2 sounds available for a single song. Loud enough to keep up with a rock/metal drummer and a 50 Watt Marshall half stack. Would this be like 350+ watts? 500+ watts solid state? I really have no clue here. Cab is a 310 Bergantino, 4 ohm, for reference. Built in compression would be nice. I really dislike having pedals for some reason. If I can set and forget on the amp faceplate, that would be preferred. This isn't a necessity though. Also, are there any mdoern bass amps with decent on board effects? I think all the guitar stuff that offers this is nonsense, so I wouldn't be surprised if this isn't worthwhile. I also have both active and passive basses, but I assume multiple inputs (or a switchable input) is the standard now. XLR outs for recording into our Tascam. Pretty sure this is way more common on bass amps, and might not limit my choices at all. And just general reliability. I want to depend on this thing. Prefer to go used to get more for my money, but wouldn't rule out new. I am willing to spend up if needed, but let's say $500 for the head as a starting point. We don't gig, just jam, write, and record, so it doesn't need to be super portable. Would be nice, but not necessary.