Hello folks, I'm Jim. I'm usually just a lurker, but this time around I'm curious to hear what some of you have to offer. The story goes something like this... A couple years ago I agreed to store some gear for a coworker, who didn't know what he had, and never came back for it. So I have a pile of mesa guitar stuff, studio preamp, quad preamp, switcher, and a Simul-Stereo 295. This power amp is a crazy black box of tone. Right now, sitting behind me is my bass, plugged directly into the line in of the power amp, and then into a random 4x12 guitar cab, and it's the smoothest, cleanest, and warmest tone I have ever achieved. So a couple days ago I roll on down to the closest GC and audition that amp with an avalon vt-737sp and an ampeg 4x10 cab. All the good things I just said, they got better. Now on to my questions. First, from anyone who has experience with that channel strip, how delicate is it? Is a shock rack going to be enough to keep it alive in gigging life? And second, I'd like to hear some ideas on what cabs to audition with it when I go back to pick up the preamp in a few months. Of course there's a few obvious choices (810e Powerhouse 2x12). I'm trying to preserve that super warm tone while still keeping a tight clean low end, but for the sake of versatility I need to be able to dial in a decent amount of attack for an aggressive rock tone, and I'd like to be able to do that at a reasonable volume.