Ok, I have been on a quest of sorts to find the tone I hear inside my head. And before I drop some money down for my next purchase I wanted to run a few of my ideas by you all and get some feedback. In case it matters any, I mainly use a Stingray 5. Which one of my main problems is getting a nice clear bass tone from my B string, which is tuned down to A#. So anyway, maybe part of the problem is with the bass. I dont know. That is why I am seeking your opinions. I am really looking for a powerful tone that is deep and growly with a nice gainy crunch/grit. I want to really distinguish the bass, even at high volumes. I dont want mud or woof at all. So far I have owned and tried an Ampeg SVT III Pro not bad but not what I am looking for; a GK 1001 RB I was able to get the deep growl I wanted but it sounded a little sterile. I didnt have the tube harmonics I wanted. Then I turned to a Sunn 1200s good grit and drive but I couldnt get a clear, defined low end. Sometimes I could get something that would set ok in the mix but I didnt like the sound of the bass alone. Now I am using a Mesa D-180 I dont like it. I dont know why, just not what I want I guess. I did play through an old SVT with a Sansamp before it and that wasnt bad. Didnt have quite the distinct low end that I wanted. A little too wooly but not bad. As far as preamps go I have used a Peavey and a BBE. Both were ok but didnt provide what I needed. So, here are the ideas I have come up with. I have just recently finished up building a 4x12 cabinet with some hefty Celestions I purchased from Avatar. The cab is rated at 2400 watts @ 8 ohms. So I need a lot of power to push it. After looking around I was thinking about a PLX 1602. If I ran that bridged it would give me 1200 watts into the cab, which I would guess to be enough to keep the speakers happy. Thought and opinions on this are more than welcome. Now as far a preamp goes, I was thinking about the following: - Fender TBP-1 - Demeter VTBP201s - I really would like the Aguilar 659 or 680 but both are a little more than what I want to spend. - What I was thinking about as of late was an Avalon U5 with a Sansamp before it. I liked the idea of the Avalons nice powerful clear tone and then using the Sansamp for a little coloration and grit. Please give my any and all feedback. I would love to hear your opinions, suggestions and advice. Sorry about the long post.