Hey fellow TB'ers - As some of you know, I am a Peavey super freak. I just LOVE Peavey gear. To me, it's the Lexus of gear. In other words, a good value and super dependable. This contest seems almost comical. Unfair at first glance. On the surface, it's no match. It's "bell tone" vs. classic growl. Also like ALL of you, I have GAS ! I own many bass rigs, and basses, combos, and cabs. I am addicted to owning gear. So are you. It's ok, I go to my 12 step meetings. So far, no cure for this one ! (good thing !) My basses - Peavey Cirrus 4's. My main bass is a '99 CIRRUS walnut/bubinga. Out of the gate , it has a tubey, chug-chug sound. I just love it. And in this corner - The "BEAST" A Furman PL-Plus power conditioner powers a 1990's Ampeg SVT/SVP PRO tube pre amp. It has FIVE tubes in it. I think all 12ax7's. All are Sovteks, except for the fifth one, which is a Groove tube ( for that hi-fi sound). Powering this rig is a Crown XTi-2000 digital power amp. 17 lbs, stereo power amp. This baby can be calibrated on your laptop to dial in specific desired features. I have never used it because I just use it for the CRYSTAL CLEAR power Crown is famous for. If sound were like water, this crown is fresh mountain geyser water. It's amazing. I am running mono into an SWR Workingman's cab. 400w @ 8 ohms. This amp is capable of a mind blowing 2000 w @ 2 ohms. OK, so from "the Beast" I get the Mark King / John Entwistle bell tone. You can hear a fly land on a string. It is the classic bell tone. I have had players get tears in their eyes from my tone. It's angelic. In the other corner - "Junior" A 21st Century Peavey Firebass 700 solid state head. 700w @ 4 ohms, and 375w @ 8 ohms. Simple knobs - gain, contour, bass/mid/mid/treble, volume. I LOVE simple. The tone of this amp ? Surprisingly warm. LOTS of growl, clarity, and power. Every note is articulate, and harmonics ring true. Simple amp to use. The tone ? Well, my Peavey Cirrus through my Peavey Firebass 700 = 1980's Geddy Lee tone. It says, "I'm here, and I rock." I play in BITING THE DOG. We are on myspace. (Hyperlink to my myspace on my signature at the bottom of my thread). We are a five piece. Two Les Pauls, bass, keys, drums. We are RUSH meets Guns 'n' Roses. Tonight, I took the test ! My ampeg, by itself or in a three piece, is unmatched. In BITING THE DOG, it just doesn't cut through the way I would like it to. Maybe it's the studio set up we have. Maybe it's my EQ. I then used "Junior" and it was night and day. I could hear EVERY note and harmonic. It was Geddy Lee in a bottle. Everyone noticed the difference, especially me. We have a big show next week (Sat Aug 8, 2009) and I have decided to bring Junior. I have used The Beast at every show. The winner (for MY purpose) - PEAVEY FIREBASS 700 !