I'm sure this has been asked before, but now it's my turn I should also preface this by saying I will most likely not be able to try out many of these, as local selection ain't great, and I seldom get to travel far, so "try a bunch out and get what you like" won't fly. I'm planning on getting a new setup in the next month and I'm looking to get a new preamp that will most likely go with a QSC PLX1602 power amp. I think I'd prefer to have a pre/power setup to just one head, as I'd prefer to just have to replace one piece of gear if something goes wrong rather than the whole thing, but I'm open to suggestions if there's a head that really great for my needs. I have around $1000 to spend on both parts, and the power amp should cost a little over $500, so I've probably got up to $500 for the preamp. I currently have a Carvin R1000 head that needs replacing-it sounds pretty good, but it's front panel is a bit confusing (tons of knobs and eqs, so it's hard to quickly find good tones), and I don't like that it relies on preshape buttons to get any sort of a good sound. The sound I'm looking for is somewhere between vintage and hi-fi, not super deep or woofy, and not overly bright and crystaline. I like a somewhat growly low-mid sound with warmer highs and high-mids. Being able to dial in a good slap tone is also a plus, although I've personally found that that tends to come more from the bass and the cab. Being able to dial in a good tone quickly is preferred, and I'd like it to have a few good tones in it-not looking for a one-trick pony. I'd like it to have a fairly quick response. I play mostly funky/jazzy-type jam band material, with rock and occasional metal thrown in there-I don't play the blues (I'm too happy). I don't need it to have any effects, but I don't mind if they're there. Tubes aren't a big deal to me either. It will most likely be for home use, and for recording, but will hopefully get some gigging time when my daughter gets a little older. My basses are fretted and fretless Elrick singlecut five-strings, if that matters (I suppose good low B definition is also a requirement). I also use an Avatar B4x10. I've read about a couple that seem interesting-the BBE BMax sounds nice, but I'm worried that the boost-only bass may be too much and too "blues/country" sounding. The Sansamp RBI is also pretty popular, but it seems to have a built-in mid cut, so I didn't know if it had a naturally scooped tone. Hope I gave enough info, and feel free to suggest anything. Thanks in advance!