I'm wondering why you all think I'm posting this. I mean, only my ears will tell me whats right. Well, that's because 1) This is my first "decent to good" quality amp, so to me, they all sound good, 2) Because the bang-for-buck factor is important, and 3) Because you all are more knowledgable than me in this area. I'm in the market for an amp head for the first time. Currently I've got a Crate 15-watt, which I don't even plug into (I play unplugged), and my band is actually working on some stuff now. So I'm going to need an amp head. Some background information: Currently I'm in an "Alternative" Rock band. I listen to mostly Metal, but listen to some "Alternative" Rock as well. And I'm starting to get into some funk (because funk bass owns everything), but I won't ever play in a funk band. Anyway, my band is currently just a three-piece, with a guitarist (and vocals), a loud drummer, and myself (and back-up vocals). So in a situation like that, I figure that I'll end up coming out in the front more than occasionally. And we're contemplating adding another guitarist (we're going to see how the three-piece thing works out for now). The guitarist/vocalist has a 150-watt PA system that we use for vocals, and he also uses it for guitar (he's getting money for a real guitar amp currently). I've been plugging into that, and my tone isn't that great. Actually, it's horrid. But for now, it's the only way that I can be heard, so I go along with it. Okay, enough of that band. What do I plan on doing in the future? Masses as well as Rock/Metal. Sometime in the next six months we're going to start our "group" (for lack of a better term) to do Masses once a month, to give the pianist a break. And, being the person that I am, I'm going to end up pulling everyone together for that. I'll probably have a frontman role for that as well (funk-influenced type things, get people into it). Okay. So I suppose that's enough background information. I'm wanting one head to do it all, mainly because quality amp heads don't come cheap! So, as far as what kind of tone I want... I like good lows (four-string lows, not five or six), and highs that don't come across as brittle, as well as strong mids to cut through. I am mainly a thumb kind of guy, but for faster songs I use fingerstyle. I also do the slap thing. Basically, I want a do-it-all amp. It has to be versatile enough to go from Rock to Church music to Metal. Here's the bottleneck (the budget): +/- $500, would prefer to buy used. Could stretch maybe all the way to $600, but would prefer to spend $500 tops. By the way, suggestiong a "rare" amp wouldn't help me. I plan on (or at least hope to) try out all the amps that you guys suggest and more. There's a few (yes, three) shops that carry decent bass gear; Guitar Center, Sam Ash, and a smaller, private-owned store (who has some, but not much). Thanks in advance for your input!