After 15 years I've realized that I've never been REALLY satisfied by any amp I've had or tried so I'm on the market for a new one. Unfortunately I live in Italy, not a paradise for instruments, amps and prices so I need your help, lucky guys exposed to tons of great gear! What I plug in: Sadowsky NYC 4 strung with TI Jazz Flats. What I've experienced: My first rig was an SWR Studio 220 head + SWR 2x12 cab. After a year I traded it for an SWR RedHead combo (the old one): I played (and struggle with) it for years until I finally realized SWR it's not my cup of tea. In various band settings (even on power trios) I was always buried by other instruments. SWR sound somewhat "thin" and "sterile" to my ears. I've also tried: Hartke 3500 - not impressed. Eden WT400 - A/B it with the RedHead ... I found the Eden a lot warmer. At the moment I play a Little Mark 1x12 Mini combo: I bought it for the weight (38 lbs.) and because it smoked the Red Head. A real good sounding amp but ... a little voice tell me I still haven't found the tone I'm looking for. The sound I dream of: Instead of adjectives I'd rather use examples but, sorry, no Jaco or Stanley or Marcus or Vic here. Don't misunderstand me: they're all great players but my heart beats faster for a couple of little-known cats: 1. Have you ever listen to Lounge Lizards Live in Berlin 1991? A guy named Oren Bloedow (Elysian Fields anyone?) really shines throughout the whole record: his tone on that album is stellar (not to mention his groove and musical taste). My favourite bass playing (and tone) EVER! 2. Erik Sanko - on various Lounge Lizards records and John Lurie projects (Marvin Pontiac). 3. Chris Wood of MMW - Anything! Need words? Warm, groove, growl. What I need: 1. I play almost exclusively in little clubs so I'd like a head+1x12" cabinet rig. 2. I live at 4th floor, no elevator: I'd prefer to travel light! I realized I've always played SS: maybe there's a tube in my future?