I picked up an Ampeg 410 cab and Ampeg B2RE head yesterday. I'm happy with both and think they sound good, but when I got home as a comparison I tried out the 410 with my roommates Hartke 3500 head (the type that switches b/w tube and solid state) and found I like the tone a good bit more. I'm thinking I should have looked at more tube heads, so I'm going back to the store today to try more stuff for a possible exchange. So here's my question. My current head puts out 450 watts, the Hartke head I've taken a liking to only goes 350; with the 410 that means I'll be compromising that last 100 watts. But I really only play this thing in medium-sized clubs, I've used the Hartke with a 410 before and it's been plenty loud. So, generally speaking, how stupid/how big of a deal is it to let that extra 100 go unused? I'm sort of feeling like it's a decent trade-off if I'm getting a tone I like more, especially since I'm not sure I'd need to go over 350. Any thoughts/ideas/suggestions? Sub-question: Any B2RE owners want to weigh in on my assessment of that particular head? I think its a good sound and range, but the Hartke seems to have a crisper tone, and I have trouble getting that on the B2RE without getting too much fret noise. Since it's not an issue of quality per se, I'm thinking this is just me maybe having a preference over the tube sound. But I haven't had it long, and the strings on my bass are somewhat old, so any suggestions for settings or stuff to try while I can still compare it to the 3500 before dealing with a trade-in? Sorry this post is so long/convoluted, but I'm sure you guys can empathize with a first time cab owner being so damn picky and needing some competent advice. Thanks everyone.