Even though my next amp purchase is probably years away...its good to know things. As you all may know, I play 'punk.' I also play passive Fender basses. My ideal sound is a bassy, yet clear sound that cuts through a mix like a hot knife through butter. This would probably mean a ton of midrange oomph, without being muddy. It should also sound kind of dirty and old school. I messed around with amps at Guitar Center once. I found that a Mesa Boogie head through an 8x10 cab works. It gets me pretty close to the sound. The Mesa was tube powered. I'd assume I'd almost need a tube head to get my sound. As for the cabs...8x10s give you that big wall of mids, right? Would there be anything more suited to my needs? And how do the Ampeg tube heads sound in comparison to the Mesas? (Mpulse 600 and 400+) Thank you all in advance.