Hello TB! Guidance needed! Although I've played bass sparingly for over 30 yrs, I've only recently been reunited with my high school musical mentor, and at 47 yrs of age, I'm new to gigging. We're a loud 4pc band playing cover tunes from Journey, AC/DC, KISS, Bon Jovi, Eagles, Bad Company, Warrrant, Ratt, G&R etc. I have only one bass - a 1982 Fender Precision Special (active) with GC recommended Ernie Ball roundwounds. I mainly use my fingers (playing with much passion - I pluck the He!l out of those strings). I have no P.A. support yet. My first, economic attempt at filling the bars we play with strong bass was a newer Peavey T.N.T. Tour with a Peavey Headliner 210 ext. cab (600 so-called watts in all). My second attempt is a Markbass CMD121P with a New York 121 ext. cab. Still not happy (farting out the E string too much). I've been heading in all different directions (researching way too much) and was just about to drop big cash on an Ampeg tube head and 810 cab (our frontman's suggestion). Then I looked at Bergantino and Traynor. Now I'm fixated on fEARful. I'm quite handy in the shop and would take great pride in putting something together. I don't know what kind of tone I'm after, or which head to look for (like the Markbass sound - never heard an SVT). Not a big fan of bright sounds, although sometimes they're needed. The thought of a tube amp sounds good, but SS would work too (even a hybrid, I suppose ). Probably go with two individual 15/6 enclosures (for portability and vertical height) with a 6" mid in at least one of them (not sure about the horn thing though). I have trouble hearing myself on stage (no monitors yet, but thinking of IEM's) but am told by credible audience members that I'm too loud (frustrating). Everything I read about fEARful sounds great. I'm sure I'll get something from that outfit. Power source, on the other hand, I'm not so sure of. I've been recommended the Ampeg PF 800, Peavey Mini Mega and the Orange TB1000. I should also mention that we do play larger rooms on occasion and will most likely play outdoor events this summer (hence the desire for 2 cabs). I need to spend more time practicing and less time researching. Thank you!!