My friend John (also plays Bass with me in my band) is looking for a new Bass rig.
He was considering going with an Ampeg tube head; but because its a tube head its going to get really heavy.
I suggested trying a Carvin DCM1540L and using something like a used PODX3 rackmount for a pre amp.
Something kind of like this (is this a good deal BTW?)
Bass Amp Rack System - Line6 Bass Pod Pro and Power Amp - eBay (item 110618767981 end time Dec-07-10 19:23:42 PST)
This way he can use it for both a Bass rig and a guitar rig; i guess the tone he is going for is something similar to Cynic / Scale the Summit; what would you guys recommend for him?
Honestly, I'd go for a more tight modern amp, not a warm tube amp. Check out the newer mark bass heads or thunderfunk heads. Those are my two favs out there right now.