Let me start out by saying... if cost were no object I'd buy an all valve Trace Elliot in the blink of an eye... but moneys short and times are hard, so... I'm now thinking Carvin DCM1000 power amp for lots of cheap reliable power and an ACME B2 cab for full range sound for my 5 string fretless. But what should I do about a preamp? Or should I skip it altogether and do something like a BassPod Pro? ???????