I'm building a pre/power rack and I have access to a few solid state power amps to try out, so that's not going to be as much of an issue as the pre. I haven't played an Aguilar, but they have a very good rep. I have a serious desire to try the Ashdown RPM-1, but they seem a bit harder to come by. Feel free to toss in your suggestions on a pre not listed here. I play mostly rock with some funk, dance and the occasional jazz. I really would like a pre that also records very well, and that would sound good with my modest computer studio. BTW my cabs are currently a Schroeder 1210 and an Accugroove Tri 210L, if that makes any difference to anyone in their suggestions.