First time posting here in the effects area, long time reader/lurker. Ok, so I currently own a first gen Tech21 SansAmp PBDI...it's first gen so you know it's seen some use and even abuse. I used to ADORE this pedal, I had 3 settings to program, didn't care about mids, didn't understand about transparency, I only rocked my L2500 bass with a good amount of that distortion tone only a sansamp provides. Years later, I quit playing hard rock, discovered the importance of having mid control, which my sansamp lack, and had some money to buy a used Tone Hammer DI, in which I found a SOLID clean preamp, but that AGS circuit plain sucks. I sold it like 2 months later. Anyways, my sansamp has 1 workable channel because of all the abuse, the others don't work anymore and I really don'tn want to spend on fixing it; plus it's gotten noisey. Frankly I love the sansamp overdrive, but I'm done with my particular pedal. I wanna get a new one. Now here is where my dilemma begins. Here is what I want: - I want 2 channels, one clean and one overdriven. With the ability to go seamlessly between both of them, without significant loss or spikes in volume. - I'm not limited to a single pedal format, can be 2 pedals (a preamp pedal + an OD). - I wouldn't want the pedals or pedal to cost more than $300 if possible, even if I have to buy used. So far I have some possible scenarios: 1. Get the new sansamp bass driver di V2 (not the programmable) with mid control and add a darkglass vintage microtubes or B3k for distortion. 2. MXR Bass DI+ with or without a darkglass pedal, either a B3k or Vintage Microtubes. Hows the MXR overdrive on these? 3. Consider the two notes Le Bass dual channel preamp. Read great things here, video reviews sound great, looks to be versatile and all...the only gripe is lack of mids on clean channel, and the cab sim sounds dark to my ears. Great OD sound though, and good prices on reverb. 4. Get a Darkglass Vintage Ultra, which sounds super convincing, and has what I need in terms of EQ and the OD sounds amazing and the cab sim has tuneability, unlike the LeBass. The only real "BUT" is that it's also the more expensive option...I mean, it's EXPENSIVE! Is it worth almost $400 bucks? 5. How's the TC SpectaDrive? Seems finicky in the way you set different sims with the app, etc. And the clips I saw didn't wow me. Now, I'm open on not using another Sansamp, but I'm so used to that sound, I'm afraid I won't like anything else. And some of you'll say...try them out! Well, I wish I could. It's not an easy drive to a local shop...I'm hours away from anything worthy. As a note...I will be using the preamp with a TC Electronics SpectraComp compressor. Please recommend a capable preamp with a good overdrive channel or capable preamp pedal that pairs well to a good overdrive pedal. Thanks!