I just got a Ampeg BA108 as a birthday present. I love the tone very retro and fuzzy in a good way. I told my folks who bought it for me... you could not have bought anything that sounded better for cheaper and you could have have gotten anything as good but smaller without spending significantly more. I play a passive bass that dosn't have a particularly hot signal. Once the volume gets to 5 (only half way up)I feel like I have to be super careful with out how I play it... it sounds like it is going to fall apart. We are told volume numbers mean little so use your ears. Why do amp makers give us so much more volume than we could realisticly use? In my mind when playing with a passive instrument you should never be able to fry a well paired amp/speaker combo. Is this needed for people that demand destortion? Do the amp manufacturers hope you blow your equipment? God help you if you play with a very hot active bass!