On Thursday, I'll likely be picking up my first vintage amp; an Ampeg SVT made somewhere between 1976 and 1978. It's in extremely clean shape, was just re-capped and retubed last year (the old power tubes were original and starting to go), and everything works perfectly. I'm curious about two things. First, how would one rate an SVT from this era in comparison to earlier SVT's? I've heard rumors that the Magnavox heads with the V9 designation (such as this one) had transformer issues, but I don't know if that's true. Any other input would be greatly appreciated! Also, how would a vintage SVT handle active 5-strings such as my Warwicks (going into my Mesa Diesel 215EV)? Second, my issue is somewhat subjective. Musically, I play a wide variety of styles, but mostly hang within the realms of reggae, jazz, indie-rock (such as Blur) and alt-rock (along the lines of Incubus, Deftones, 311, etc). However, I haven't really been satisfied with a number of solid-state amps I've tested, and I dig the warmth and dynamics of tubes. From what I've seen, most people who really dig SVT's primarily play classic rock, blues, heavy metal, etc. Would I be happy in the long run with the SVT? I've never been a vintage-nut; I've always preferred modern gear/sounds, but having gone through many different amps (out of dislike, not failure), methinks it may be time to try something different?