Greeting, ppl. Well, I'm from Greece and I finally got a job and decided to invest in my first real bass amp. Problem is, in Greece you can't find many models for over 1000 euros. I am most probably going to buy it from the net as it's much cheaper, but choosing a head is not easy when you can't try the models you are interested in! A few days ago I went to Athens with my Warwick Corvette 5-str. passive to visit some stores and see what they got. I played an EBS TD650 which was too clean for my taste (although great), a Warwick Profet IV which had a nice growl but for some reason was quite noisy, an Ashdown and a Hughes&K which were not of my liking, a Gallien Krueger 1001RB which was the second best amp I tried, an Ampeg PB250 which was nice and an Ampeg B-5R which I liked the most. What makes things even more confusing is that I don't have something very specific in my mind about my sound, this being my first amp and all (you can't search for your "own" sound when you play with a Gorilla or a Matrix). I play mostly metal and I want a punchy, warm, growling sound (main reason I bought a warwick). I like aggressiveness. I'm not looking for vintage sound. Portability is also an issue, my band rehearses at another town where I usually go by train. So all-tube heads are definately out of the question. I like the portable series like Ampeg's PB as an idea, but I wouldn't like to sacrifice sound quality for portability. That is I prefer a 15kg head if it's "better" than a 10kg one, but more than 20kg heads are a no-no. The cab I intend to buy is most probably a Behringer 410. I don't want to buy sth expensive because I will not be able to bring it to rehearsals, it will only be for home use, where I can't play much loud anyway. I prefer giving the extra money for a better head, which I'll take with me to rehearsals, studio and gigs. Anyway, for the last few days I've been reading reviews here and at harmony central about many heads and I've put down a list of the ones that might interest me: 1) Ampeg PB-800 2) Ampeg B-5R 3) Ampeg SVT-5 4) Eden WT550 Traveller 5) Mesa/Boogie M-Pulse 600 6) Trace Elliot AH500 7) Warwick Tube Path 5.1 Any help will be appreciated. Nothing can replace playing with an amp yourself, but it's better than nothing... If anyone knows any sites with sound samples that would be great. So far I only found "basstesters" or sth which had samples for preamps but no heads.