Alright, so now that I'm playing bass in a band full time I feel like it's time to seriously invest in some bass gear. Right now I'm playing a sqire affinity p/j through a Peavey mkIV into a 2x15 loaded with eminence betas. I'm happy with my cab, but I'd like to upgrade my head to something all tube, and I'd also like to switch over to a 5 string since my guitarist just bought a baritone and is gonna be tuning in drop A. Now, I guess I'll get to my main question: if my current head is 700w solid state, then how many watts (all tube) would I need to achieve the same, or higher PERCIEVED volume? Now obviously I know watts are just watts and have more to do with headroom than actual volume, but there's alot of conflicting information as to how all tube bass amps compare to solid state. Everything from people saying the volune is the same, but tube amps produce different tonal qualities when they break up so they sound louder, to saying it works in a 2:1 ratio, as in you'd need a solid state amp with twice as many watts to match the volume of a tube amp (ie 200w solid state = 100w tube). Also, looking for recommendations on high watt (300+) all tube bass amps. I'm aware of the various ampegs, marshall vba 400, and the mesa 400+, but right now I'm leaning towards a Peavey classic 400, the main reason being the ability vto blend the clean and crunch channels together. Other than what I mentioned are thier any sleeper heads I'm not aware of that fit the criteria? And my last question, what are some cool vintage style 5 strings? I can settle for a 5 string p or j bass, but I'd like something a little more unique. Really fond of the I anez tmb600-5, and the Gibson eb5 (the old one that looks more like a mosrite-ish shape, not the one they just put out). Well, I know that's alot to answer, but sso always comes through. Also, mods, if this would fit better in the bass forum feel free to move it there.