HEY THERE! This is my first post, so a big hello to everyone here! Please read my preface & then I will pose the questions. I suppose anyone can join in on this, but I'd especially like to hear from people that play out regularly, be it big or small venues. First off forget about Solid State or Tube for a minute and just focus on -"it sounds good". If an amp sounded crappy, the decision would be easy, you probably wouldn't use it. My bass amp is mic'd up or running through a D/I for most every show I play. For most of the clubs my '74 SVT rig is just too loud, the soundman always complains, so I have recently switched to a lower powered Ampeg head- an old ss150 guitar head that I am guessing is "maybe" 300 watts at 4 ohms. With the higher powered heads I have used- The 4 Pro, SVT Classic (or Vintage), I can play a club and never really need to push the amp... its on 3 or 4 at the most. With my 3 Pro I'd have to turn it up a bit louder, still no problem. With the ss150 I am using now I turn it up generally less than 1/2 way if its mic'd & I still have enough power to play a smaller club if its not mic'd... but for that I need to turn the volume up to almost 3/4's! It doesn't overheat or clip & it still sounds really great, I just have to CRANK the volume levels. I especially like that the ss150 is sooo lightweight & now find myself more often using the ss150 rather than my heavy vintage head... it gets real old moving a 100 lb amp at 3 AM. I personally don't mind the few times I might need to CRANK the volume to play un-mic'd & have found that for most of the clubs its a perfect match. You have read my story, now here are my questions, please keep in mind I am not asking for suggestions on which amp to buy or even making any recomendatons, the questions are about amps "in general". Do you prefer a much heavier, but very high powered, (and often expensive) bass amp? Are you more comfortable knowing you only need to turn your volume level to 3 or 4 as opposed to 1/2 way up? IOW, do you like having much more power than you may ever really need? If there was a reasonably priced, lightweight bass amp that sounded REALLY good would you personally care if you had to turn up the volume knob more than with the real high powered amps? What if if there was also available a matching, reasonably priced, lightweight power amp if you ever needed to slave the lower watt amp, would that make any difference in your decision? Most of these questions can be answered by simply taking the poll, or please feel free to elaborate. I'd love to hear people thoughts on this matter. Thanks.