After weeks (months, really) of consideration, meditation and time wasted playing World of Tanks, I finally came to a decision about three weeks ago, and pulled the trigger on my new Hartke LH500.
I bought it through American Musical Supply, which is how I get almost all of my new gear, and it arrived within a week, right when they said it would, delivered via FedEx (I hate UPS).
This is one seriously no-bullshit piece of equippage, folks. Check out the many product demos on YouTube - I won't bore you with yet another demo here. But I will point out that it's a tube-preamped class-A bass amp, weighing in at 500 watts on 4 ohms, and it doesn't have a ton of bells and/or whistles. There's bass, mid and treble knobs, a "Brite" pushbutton and a "Limiter" pushbutton - and that's about it. I't basically a play-n-play outift, right out of the box.
Right now I'm running it through one of my Fender Rumble 410 cabs, which are rated to 1,000 watts at 4 ohms, so they can handle just about anything. I've played three or four gigs with it so far, and it has performed perfectly. With my 5-string Jazz Bass, it has a little bit lower, throatier sound than with the Precision - but that's probably because of the strings or something.
For modern rock, I'll use the Precision and walk it through the modeler set to SVT. Nothing like playing a Fender through a Hartke and then through a Fender, and asking Zoom to make it all sound like an Ampeg. For country, biker blues or classic rock, I think I'll just run the Jazz through the boost and keep the Brite switched off.
I'm now in the market for a suitable rack case (probably 6 units but that's about all I've decided on so far).
Anyway, the takeaway here is that, in addition to everything else, I'm now a Hartke man. Take that, Ampeg.