i am not happy with my sound, and i'm pretty sure its the amp. my curent set up is a sting ray -cable -amp (laney r5) why i'm not happy? well its a bit difficult to describe but, it kinda sounds dead and not alive. also not much growl, and i doubt that that is due to my bass or cable, so it must be the amp. i truly love the sting ray sound and i'm looking for an amp that can reproduce its sound without colouring it too much. i'm thinking of getting an ampeg b-15r, it sounds awesome i think ,but its expensive. i could just about afford it, but if you people can suggest anything cheaper and just as good? i doesn't have to be a valve amp, but from my experience with guitar amps valves really do make a difference. i tried hartke stuff, sounded terrible to my ears and also some transistor ampeg stuff; i was not impressed as it basically sounded just as dead and lifeless as my laney(and twice as expensive). i'm looking for a 70's rock sound a la john paul jones or david hungate (his slap sound is amazing) i suppose they both used ampeg stuff i don't want an amp that i have to modify in order for it to sound good (like the pignose valve amp) watts is not really an issue as ther is always the p.a.