I'm a guitar player who is learning the bass. I know why the majority of guitar players like tube amps. The warm, sweet, buttery tone, the nice overdrive, etc. Why would a bass player want a tube amp? Same reasons? I know a little about tubes. Chinese and Russian made tubes are cheap so if you have to replace them 4 times a year it's not that big a deal. Not long ago I bought a matched quartet of Chinese EL34s for about $25 (probably at least $400 for the same in Mullards). But do the Chinese and Russian tubes sound better than a good solid state amp? The price of NOS Mullards, Amperex, Telefunken, even USA-made RCA, GE, Sylvania, etc. is out of the reach of many. So I assume, unless you've got dollars to spare, most that use tube gear are likely to go for the cheaper tubes. Tell me your take on it, and perhaps recommend a good, affordable amp or two, tube OR solid state. I currently play a Fender P bass, if that helps recommend an amp.