August update: Let's turn this into a full-blown F-1X megathread. This classic preamp deserves it. I also corrected my "F1-X" typos.. Original post, July 28, 2006: I've got a pretty good pile of amplification pieces- not like a Bowlus pile, but it's a pile nonetheless. I periodically mix and match pieces just to see what sounds good together. Recently- I put a good mix together. Bass: Spirit XZ-2, with EMG HBCS pickups, EMG BTC system, and Status roundwounds. Amp: 1993 Alembic F-1X, bridged Carvin DCM1500 power amp, Bag End S15D-X. I had been playing through a programmable Sansamp BDDI into the DCM. Changing back out to the F-1X was a night and day improvement. I played about an hour and a half- I just could not put the bass down. I tweaked around on various setting on both the BTC and the F-1X- not a bad sound to be had! Tonal bliss! It's true..