I did a lot of searching on this subject .... and I found some answers and it also made me think of more questions ... Here's my question what are the virtues of the Ampeg-CL Pro & Con and the same question on the Bassman Pro 300 Pro & Con .... I've got some money for either amp in a used condition ...and there is something about an amp with 6550's in the output section ..... also if anyone has done any tube rolling on either amp what has been your experiance. in the preamp & power tube sections ....some folks will say you can get real close with the VT pedal ( and you can, I have one ...but when you use a amp with a SS output section, the sound is a too focused and a little tight, but it does sound good ) ... some people have said the the Ampeg-CL is a one trick pony and in the same breath folks will say that the Bassman-300, has a way too complicated tone control set-up ( I have the Bassman 1200, and the tone controls do take a lot of time to figure out ) ... I recently did a show where the amps were backlined and I did use a Ampeg-CL with a 8x10 cabinet ...and it was what got me thinking about getting a 300 watt tube head ...the weight issue, is not a issue ... and the Ampeg VR ...well, it's out of my price range , but if you insist ...send money !!!!! anyways .... let's stir the pot !!!