Hey guys. My last rig was a Peavey Classic 400, and an ampeg 6x10. Good God was that rig badass. Regardless, I stopped playing music, and sold the setup. My current setup is just a borrowed Ampeg BA115, and a 1970 Fender P-bass. I like the tone, but with the band I'm in, I'm cranking the amp right now, and it's still not quite loud enough, especially since I am tuning to Drop-B right now. Anyway, I've been looking around. I would love some good old tube tone, but right now it's not in the budget. I read some reviews, and listened to some of the sounds the Sansamp VT can make, and I really do like that. If I get the sansamp though, can that be used as a preamp, and I can go direct into a power amp? If so, then all I'd have to worry about is a cab, and Atomic Music in Beltsville usually has good stuff, if not, guitar center usually has some decent used gear. Any other suggestions are welcomed. I'm in a fairly loud hardcore/metal band, so volume is needed.