I was looking at an Ampeg SVT-350H head (even though it's discontinued), and the reviews are pretty mixed: Some say that it doesn't get loud enough without distorting/clipping badly, and others say it works great for them, even with a band.

Is this true? Why would this (the clipping, poor operation @ high volumes) be?

I can get one for $450 CDN used, is this a good deal? Or should I spend $375 for a used Fender Bassman 400 head, which has much more favorable reviews?

Anyways, here's some proposed setups - any comments are welcome.

1x15 Trace Elliot 1135t
2x10 Gallien-Krueger 210BLX
Either the Ampeg SVT-350 or Fender Bassman 400H
i know nothing about heads since i have a combo, but don't forget that companies can plant reviews on those sites about as much as we can.

so, try'em out first

Ibanez Soundgear 300 DX
Digitech BP 80
Ibanez SW 20 / Ampeg BA 115
Squire Affinity Strat
Line 6 Spider IV 15