This is a fun one, not only because it's been a couple years since I did one of these, but because this is the first time I ever did one with a DI line instead of mic'ed cabs. The contestants: A-Designs REDDI Tube DI Tech 21 VT Bass Deluxe In case you're not familiar with these excellent products, the VT Deluxe is a programmable version of the well-loved VT Bass pedal, which is known for its ability to mimic the sounds of Ampeg tube amps. The REDDI, while not being a full-on tube amp, is a DI that's inspired by the Ampeg B-15, and it contains a tube, a big iron power transformer, and a big iron output transformer, and for my money, sounds identical to a B-15 set for near flat response being DI'd through the speaker out. I recorded 3 samples for each device using my trusty 76 Precision with dead D'addario Chromes. Each were recorded directly into my M-Audio Audiophile 2496 soundcard (I EQ'd the VTD to sound as close as I could to the REDDI using its own EQ section), and the only processing done was to give the REDDI track an EQ similar to the speaker sim rolloffs in the VT. To be as fair as I could, I then applied the exact same EQ to the VT track. I did no normalizing or compression or any of that stuff. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to vote for the one you think sounds most like a tube amp, test 1 or test 2. I've included no "carrots" option...you MUST decide! Here am da trax: Results as soon as enough people have voted, probably by Friday.