In my studio the Peavey VMP 2 serves this purpose. I haven't compared it with a Brick or a Solo 610 but those are probably the closest things currently made in the price range.
The Peavey isn't very fast and detailed but its very warm (8 tubes inside), mid-forward, and has huge transformers that really make dynamic mics sound great. I paid $600 for it (2 channels) back in the late 90's, and I understand it is actually a Summit design that Peavey contracted for a high-end studio gear line that they let die after a few years. It's the only Peavey product I've ever been impressed with.
If you can find one used I think you'd be very happy with it. The Bass DI is superbly round. The EQs are nice too. I doubt I'll ever part with mine.