Since I received my new bass last month I've been playing with the EQ flat, so today I just pluged straight into the "power amp input" on my Peavy Combo 115 (bypassing the whole pre-amp). IT SOUNDED AND WORKED GREAT! I was able to adjust with the on-board eq and volume knobs. It sounded much better than normal. But, even my 18v Bartolini pre-amp could only push the amp to about 1/2 volume. So heres the questions: Is this safe? Is the crappy Peavy "DDT" limiter bypassed? Anyone else try/use this? Most importantly: I was planning on an amp upgrade, like a pre-amp/BIG Crest power amp/ Acme Low B-4 cabinet setup. Unlike my peavy the Crest has adjustable power-amp sensitivity and a built in limiter, so I should be able to reach full volume & have some protection, right? I can get 3 or 4 distinct sounds out of my bass alone and would be happy with that. Also I could save a $500-$600 while keeping things simple. Any feedback would be appreciated. RGDS, P.J.