OK I've tried to lie to myself for a while saying to myself my SVTs are killer in tone, no amp can be better I mean it's Ampeg! The other day I went to the GC and I thought it would be fun to try out a few basses through different amps. So I went to the other side of the room and plugged into this huge SWR rig they had set up. A SM-900 head powering two cabs a 2x15 w/tweeter and a 1x18 (I actually set it all up, it pissed off the people at the GC.) I picked up an Ibanez BTB 1005 started playing and heard myself yelling in my head "*** Damnit!" The tone was perfect, blew my SVT setup away. I couldn't believe it, I was really angry with myself for blowing my money on Ampeg. After the Ibanez, I used an MIA Fender deluxe P5, a Musicman Stingray four string, Yamaha Nathan East signature bass, a Fender Standard Jazz V, Warwick Thumb through 5, and Streamer fretless 4 string... I was there a while. I was very angry/ happy with it. By the time I left the guy at the front desk asked, "Did you have fun?" After spending almost a whole day there that's understandable. I replied, "I really don't know." The thing is I have a record case of GAS now!