My 27 year old Peavey combo had a stroke last night. It recovered, but I can tell it's days are numbered. I may HAVE TO hit the amplifier store this week. Tonight's gig will most likely make my decision for me.... Here's my deal. I've played lots of amps over the years, and bought lots of amps - and I seem impossible to please. I'd like you help in steering me the right way. a few particualars. I want to try and spend $700 or less. Almost any amp I've bought or tried in a store in this price range rumbles and distorts when I crank it enough to hear it with my band. What's up with that??? Volume is of great importance to me. I'd like something lightweight and small and I'm considering the new technology that's out there - but most of the featherwights seem to not be able to crank out volume without falling to peices. I'd prefer a head and bottom so I can take the head alone to gigs that have speakers. I'm open to a kickbutt combo though. I'm considering buying another peavey because i think they're the loudest amps for the dollar - but they're not the greatest sounding and they're way heavy.i've been kinda seduced by the walkabouts and little ampegs on the market. they seem however to break apart (as mentioned above) at any reasonable volume. can anyone shed any light on these amps for me and bassically tell all you can tell about getting a lightweight amp that has the most volume and bang for the buck. Please talk about an amp ONLY if you have gigging experience with it. I've learned time and time again that what an amp does in a store or home is a whole nuther thing once it hits the stage and hears your drummer. thanks.