Ok.. i've read in a few different threads that crate and ampeg are owned by the same SLM Electronics Corp. I own a little crate combo and an ampeg svp-pro preamp, and i believe both do their jobs quite well. The crate is a great low volume combo for playing at home.. and the svp has a great preamp since i got it. It still bothers me a little to know that they were both made by the same company, because i do consider the ampeg to be of much higher quality. My question is if anyone has info as to if Crate and Ampeg are two completely different companies with the same Big Name paying for their budget, or are they one big factory using the same parts to churn out two different names. I've seen the posts claiming they are the same and the ones claiming they werent. Does anybody have some real info, maybe an employee of either company?? It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Brian.