Ok folks, it's finally time. I bought a while back a used Bergantino HT210/HT115 stack, which I'm been pushing...attempting to push...with my 'little' Ashdown ABM 300. Well, I am about to take the dive and get a separate pre/power amp setup. I think the QSC RMX 2450 will be in the engine room - I can get one for $399 used. yep.....I'm a student, with budget to match. Ok, here's where I humbly ask for the opinion and experience of all who might know or care, or care to know. With this power amp and cab combination.......which preamp would you all favor??? Ashdown RPM / Demeter VTBP-201S / Eden Navigator Here's my thoughts on each, in stream-of-consciousness order: Ashdown: my current sound, high variability, wish I had something like an Enhance knob at times, two rack spaces, fun stuff like variable distortion and footswitchable subharmonizer. Groovy VU meter. No balanced outputs. Somewhere between vintage and modern tones, leaning toward vintage, but a flexible, unique personality. Not a lot of guys around here (Portland, OR) seem to be using them, for whatever reason. I hear again and again (and would have to agree even from my underpowered-amp assessment) that Bergs and Ashdown are a natural match. Demeter: soo clean, soo smooth. One rack space. Kickass Jensen DI. Super-simple layout. What I like about this one is the simplicity of operation and directness of tone...sometimes the Ashdown sound seems mushy (which is probably just my underpowering of the cabs) and, um, indirect. Overall, clean and simple, with top-notch components. Eden: I do like the Eden sound, that big thick 'gack' sound, plus this thing kills for practically-oriented bells and whistles. No sub knob here, but all the connectibility you could want....2-knob compressor...enhance knob...FX loop w/input control...biamp control (which also balances speaker volume in full-range stereo - that's neato and smart)...I might miss the Ashdown fun factor. Probably less flexible with regard to the Ashdown multiple-personality aspect - I'm guessing it will always sound like an Eden. I see these in the rigs of most R&B players that I see. I see that they often are using Eden cabs to match..does Eden mix well with Bergantino? I need flexibility...Ashdown...and warmth...all of above....and connectibility...EDEN.....and a unique sound...Ashdown / not Eden. Stylistically, I'm doing mostly jazz, blues, and funk, and may be doing some more straight R&B stuff soon. Of course....tone chameleon is the in-a-perfect-world goal. My basses are a Warwick Thumb 5 NT w/OBP-3 & Duncans, a '63 Fender P-bass w/Dimarzio, and a 80's fretless Jazz Special w/EMG's. I have noticed that the Fenders are especially sweet on Ashdown, while the Eden mojo might better suit the Warwick vibe. I can't think of much else to put in ahead of time. Thanks to anybody who has the time to share. I'm slow to act in these decisions cuz I can't afford to remake them if I make a poor choice...though, I recognize none of these are poor choices, just a matter of taste. Champagne taste on a beer budget, that's me I look forward to all of your thoughts!! thank you all!