I currently have a Mesa 400+ that I bought used but I think it's time to sell. I do like the amp overall but there are too many problems with it currently. I have it paired with a Ampeg 410HE and it always seems to be a bit muddy when I start playing anything comlicated. Reliability has been the MAJOR issue in the past two years so I think it's time to move on, however I don't want to give up that awesome all tube tone and power I'm looking for a very punchy tone that keeps it's definition well within a mix, similar to CAKE's I will survive cover or Juan Alderete of the Mars Volta. So I've narrowed down my choices to three amps that will be within my price range and was wondering what everyone's experiences would be with them. First up is the Fender Super bassman 300. I really like the look and power of the amp as well as the foot switchable channels and it seems it still has the vintage tone that I'm after. The second channel really intrigues me as I go back and forth a lot between clean and dirty signals in the band I'm playing in but it's been with a darkglass b3k rather than using the amp to overdrive The second one is an Ampeg SVT-VR. I've heard mixed reviews on the SVT classic but overall people seem very pleased with the VR's. I'd most likely buy used as they're pretty pricey but they definitely cover the vintage sound category. I just don't know how well they overdrive or how flexible they are tone wise. Is it a one trick vintage pony or can you get a broad range of tones out of these? My last option would be to sell my current 400+ and by one that is in better condition. I do like the Mesa but the retube costs keep me a little wary about picking up another on of these. Also in the two years I've had mine it's been to the tech twice and both times they haven't been able to get it 100% up to snuff as far as I'm concerned. I realize there are some other threads similar to this but I'm really only concerned about these couple amps and not sure how they stack up against one another. I've looked at an Orange AD200 but it seems like too much of a 1 trick amp and a Matamp or Reeves is out of my price range right now.