Hi talkbassers! First post here, and I'd greatly appreciate your thoughts and input on my delimma here I am considering quite different amps for my rig, and I know I may seem to be a bit 'cracked' in the head due to the widely different options I'm considering, but I figure you won't be too entirely hard on me due to me being a bit 'green' in these matters After doing as much research as I can the past months, these are the options that I've narrowed my scope down to - which are roughly the same amount of $$$ (and in no particular order): 1 - Ampeg fliptop...either a vintage one or the new ones made as 're-issues' or whatever. 2 - Ampeg SVT Classic 3 - Ashdown ABM 500 EVO II .................. Ok...so I live in the city, and the majority of venues I'll be playing are medium-sized - quite occaisionally small venues, rarely large venues. I mainly play a P Bass with flats, and am very much a plug n play sort of guy that doesn't like to fiddle around with much. I only use a tuner stomp box but might add a chorus and perhaps an od-distortion-fuzz in the future. I admit to not have heard the Ampeg fliptop amp - however, I have heard the b100r which I really liked, and I think I'd like the fliptop even more. I know its much heavier, but the casters will help a great deal, so that's not much of an issue for me. It's a combo of sorts, and I like 15s, so I think this will fit the bill nicely for me...perhaps also be able to add another extension cab when needed? I also noticed that REMs bassist (name escapes me...Mike Mills? Or is that their drummer?) used a fliptop in a recent performance and had it mic'd - I figure that could be the option for me if/when I play in venues that have a PA and require more volume. For some reason, I can't quite put my finger on it, but this has been a very attractive option/choice for me of the 3 - but as I said, I fully admit to have never heard one of these live, but I'm aware of their rep. It seems a bit odd, but this is the one that intrigues me the most...can you help talk me in or out of this? Ampeg SVT Classic - 'nuff said. It is a behemoth of course, and seeing as it's 85 pounds or whatever, in addition to whatever cabs I'd get for it, that's a few heavy trips, but I'm fairly young and in shape, so no worries if it ends up being my choice. My concern is mostly that it's size/weight don't justify it's usefulness for me, as I think the roaring 300 watts of tube will be way more than I'll need or use for the majority of my performances. Ashdown - I have played through these ABM EVO heads in stores and love their old school round warmth combined with their punch. Aesthetically, they're also quite pleasing, and at 30 pounds or so, and that's a plus. They have a DI which is nice, the subharmonizer and all that jazz...I'm not a big tweaker, but the bottom line for me is, these puppies sound great. I know I'm asking for a lot of subjective types of calls and input here, but what are your thoughts? I've tried to be as specific as I can, so if I need to provide more info., please don't hesitate to ask! Thanks so much for your help!