For some reason I am sensing a that this board's general feeling about Ampeg has taken a turn for the worse. I don't quite understand why, I don't think by any stretch of the imagination that their equipment is the best on the market, but I do believe that Ampeg is just as good as SWR (in fact, similarly priced and sized SWR and Ampeg rigs to me sound to be virtually the same), and is probably tied for the best manufacturer of readily available bass amplification on the market (i.e. manufacturers who's equipment can usually be found at your local GC). I have an Ampeg in my room, it's the Classic Series 4x10. I have it hooked up to my Music Man HD-500. I think my rig sounds fantastic. You'd be offering me Aguilar or EBS before I'd even consider trading it. My school's Ampeg B100R is the best sounding combo amp I have ever played by a long shot. I believe it's been around since the beginning of the jazz ensemble program a little over a decade ago. Even with two bassists plugged in at once through both the 0 and -15 jack for the past 12 or 13 years, this amp still sounds great and functions perfectly. Many times, if I have a performence in DC and I am unable to lug my rig back home, I will leave it at my school. When this happens, my brother will share his Ampeg BA110 with me until I am able to fit the amp into the back of the Explorer and bring it home. I think the BA110 is pretty cool for a little combo amp, it's really punchy. I've only owned two pieces of amp that are not Ampeg in my whole life: my Music Man head which I mentioned earlier, and a Gallien-Krueger Backline 250 head which I owned before my current head. I've found that Ampeg's equipment is extremely reliable, and is soundwise just as good as anything else unless you are willing to dish out a lot of money.