#1- I have a somewhat old Peavey amp. I don't even remember the specific model but it says "Basic 112" on the front. I've had it since about 1999 and in the last few months is started dying on me. When I use it, the volume fluctuates like crazy and it makes this awful crackling sound when I hit a note. I've taken the head out and I couldn't find any loose wires or connections, but that's all I could think of that might cause this. Any suggestions on how to fix it, preferrably without bringing it to a guitar shop/guy to fix it. #2- While that^ amp was giving me trouble, a friend of mine offerred to sell me his old amp for 25$. It's about half the size (just a little "kicker"), but it's got some balls and right now it sounds better then my other amp. When I play my fretless Jazz through it, it sounds great. When I play my Ibanez through it, it sounds like I'm using a distortion pedal. Is this maybe due to the old age of the amp combined with new active PUs? I can't figure it out, but it pisses me off cause I haven't been able to hear my fretted bass clearly for over 2 months.