Hey guys, I’ve been shopping for a new amp and have been lurking around this site doing research. I know the best way to buy an amp is to grab your bass and go try them out. But living up in the northeast US that’s easier said than done, though I’ll probably hoof it down to Boston or Albany if I can find some I can try out there. I know I want a tube amp because I just love that classic tube sound. I’m looking hard at the Ampeg SVT-CL and the V4B. I think the V4B might be perfect, but, you know, what bass player doesn’t secretly long for an SVT? I’m a big guy and I could really care less about the weight. So that’s not a factor. And I want to just spend what I need to and get the amp that will suit me best. I can get a new V4B for $1300. It seems there are any number of used SVT-CLs in good condition for about $1000. So here’s my real question: I get that they are both great. But for a player who never intends to play more than smallish outdoor shows and medium clubs, is there anything about the V4B that would make it better than the SVT? All other things being equal is there anything that would make the V4B preferable over the SVT? I should say that my playing style tends more towards the blues (think Duck Dunn) so I would want the volume I get to be loud but not terribly overdriven. I tend to want a rich, clean tone more than an overdriven rock tone.