What's up everyone. I have learned so very much from this awesome forum. I'm a complete noob when it comes to bass amp heads. I am a recording artist mainly playing piano/synths for 20 years and finally broke down and bought a bass guitar. It's kind of a crappy one, but I figure I can learn on it. Everything I've learned about bass tech has been from this forum and studying the product pages after searching model numbers of eBay auctions of used gear. As a synth player I know there's no contest between "real analog" synths such as Moog vs cheap digital knockoffs. So my first thought was that I should only consider a real tube amp, but I'm confused about bass amp heads that only have a speaker out. It'd be nice to have an effects loop for the future. I'd like to buy exactly one bass amp head in my life, and I want to use it to record with first, but possibly gig with later. Cost isn't so much the issue, just getting something that I can grow into. Some of the ones I looked at: Ampeg PortaBass 250 Hartke Systems 3500 Gallien Kreuger MB200 Gallien Kreuger Backline 350 Ampeg Micro VR Ampeg SVT 400 Ampeg PF500 Bugera BVP5500 Any advice you can give on these or any other models would be very appreciated!