Well, I took a deep breath...and together with the ability to field-test it, I decided to get a Peavey MAX bass pre-amp together with Peavey's digital power amp, the DPC1400X (which Peavey now sells together as a rack unit). My local dealer had both used and is giving me a too-good-to pass up deal on a trade for my Carvin R600 (actually the RC210 combo that has the R600 head in it). I'm going to play with it at a gig this weekend and decide if my Carvin R600 (RC210 combo) will being going in as a trade on this system. I've played it at the store with my Cirrus bass and it has got some serious kick-a** punch to it, with lots and lots of headroom going into a Peavey 412TVX cab. Never did I think that I would be going straight Peavey with everything from my bass to my amp setup, but this is some serious kick-a** stuff and the whole setup is lighter than ever. I've never been the biggest Peavey fan (though I've used Peavey equipment off and on for years), but their new gear is just about the best stuff I've played on and through in years...not to mention the best value I've ever come across. Don't get me wrong...I'd still recommend a Carvin R600 head in a heartbeat...though I probably wouldn't be trading mine in if I had gotten the R1000 right off the bat. But I got the R600 and I really need a little more power and my dealer (who I've dealt with for over 20 years) is giving me too good a deal to pass up. If anyone is interested, I'll give you my opinions on this gear after this upcoming weekend's gig.