I'm looking to switch from my SVT-350H to a V4-BH. I'm looking for more depth and smoothness from the sound. The SVT-350H has always been brittle and I find myself using pedals to get a rounder and slightly distorted sound. I'm always fiddling with the 350H tone controls looking for a sound that just isn't there. It is, however, reliable and clean. It seems to me that an overdriven tube sound is what I'm headed for. I played a new V4-BH about two years ago and it really seemed right. I can't afford the weight and cost of a CL. I have some questions, though: How is the V4-BH for recording - with the XLR out - any hiss or problems? Is the V4-BH a hissy, dirty amp for low volume studio use? All my other equipment is clean and hissless, so my household power seems really clean. If the power of the V4-BH is limited for a medium-size gig (small church recreation halls, fire halls, for example), could I just pre-out the V4-BH to my seperate 550W solid-state rack-mount amp to get the juice behind it and capture a similar sound? My current cabinets include an SVT-15E and a pair of SVT-210Pro cabs. I like modular/portable. I play rock/blues/alternative/country/grunge and almost never use a pick. One of my basses (Carvin Koa 4) is strung with flatwounds. The other is a Fender USA Deluxe Jazz 4. Would you take a crack at describing the sound would expect I'd get? Thank you, very much, for your time and experienced replies. By the way, anyone try Ampeg's forums... They have so many sticky threads that your recent post will end up at least one page back. It's pretty insane. No wonder there are no replys.