I've been experiencing some problems with my Ampeg SVT II Pro. I'm not really sure if they're actual problems, however, or just quirks. Several times during gigs, my amp has just cut out on me seeminglt without warning. When I looked back at the amp, I noticed that the indicator light was flashing red and green. The amp was back to normal when I turned it off, and then turned it back on. I emailed Ampeg, and the guy told me to get another 8 ohm cabinet, so the amp would be stabilized. I got an Aguilar 112, and my sound was much improved, but the problem wasn't fixed. I realized that the peak light was flashing way more than it should have been, and that was the reason for the cutting out. I was told to turn up the gain until the light flickers only when I hit the string really hard. I was able to turn the gain up less than a quarter of the way before the light started flashing. Now I'm using the pad button, which allows me to turn up the gain farther. The downside is that it bassically cuts my volume in half. Is this what I have to do to prevent my amp from cutting out on me? Is this what the pad button is supposed to be used for? I have an active bass with active pickups. Does that have any impact? Thanks.