Hey folks! I wonder if any of you would be kind enough to give me the benefit of your experiences with different "flavors" of amps and cabs please? Here's the thing, I don't have a lot of experience with non-practise (i.e. "real") amps and would like to avoid too many costly mistakes, as I'm not in a position to demo a lot of bass gear before I buy it (my local guitar shop doesn't have many brands of bass amp). I play a Fender Precision and a Stingray and like a clear, hard, biting tone with the option to round it out and produce a good punchy mid-range "oomph" (without too much "honk"). The starting point for my rig, is a Hartke XL115 cab. Why (you may be asking)? Well, I bought it as an extension for my Hartke Kickback combo (120W @ 8 ohms) and it does a very good job too, but that setup just isn't loud enough and the amp is a bit limited on the "warmer" tone options (and power). Here's what I would like to know ... If I take a very crisp, "hi-fi" sounding cab (as I believe the XL115 to be) and add an equally "hi-fi" sounding amp (Hughes & Kettner Bass Base, Hartke HA3500, etc.), is it likely to increase the "brittleness" of the sound or will it simply produce a logical balance? Or, should I perhaps be looking for a warmer sounding amp (Nemesis 320, or anything with a valve preamp) to produce a better range of tones? Then again, would a "Sweet 'n' Sour" combination like this, just blend into blandness? I don't know, I've never tried it, but YOU might have done. I really hope that this question isn't too vague for you all. I've read pages of threads here on which amps are "better" than others and which cabs are better than other cabs, but I can't get my head around the possible effects of different combinations. In the world of hi-fi (where I have slightly more experience), it's very common to put "analytical" source components with warm valve amps and "clinincal" sounding speakers, but hey, we're dealing with the real "front end" now I guess! All points of view welcomed ... (By the way, musical style is primarily rock/indie, played with a pick, or pop/rock played with fingers. Price/power range for an amp would be less than $1,000 (used gear is ok) with at least 250W @ 8 ohms).