It has been many years since I've been on TB but I'm back now at least to share my experiences with some new gear I've been trying out. I've been using my AI Clarus SL with a Ten2 EX cabinet for many years now and have been generally happy with it through a Full Circle. However recently I decided to make a couple of changes: I started using an ATM-350 mic clipped onto the one of the bridge adjuster wheels and mixing it with a pickup. I started using a Mackie DLM8. This is not a dedicated bass amp but an 8" powered speaker that only goes down to 65 Hz but I am finding it adequate not only for small gigs but even with a big band. While the AI Clarus SL and Ten2 EX combo sounded good I routinely had the bass rolled off everywhere both on the amp and on the cab (using the Room Coupling Control). It just has that much bass. I'm sure it's great when you want some serious thumping with EBG or for a bass that is not so strong on the bottom end but it was way more than I needed (I'm playing a Shen Gemunder Willow 7/8 with Animas and a Gamut Lyon G). Even though the DLM8 doesn't handle the low end (65 Hz is C and with my C extension I'm actually going down a full octave lower than that), I find that for all the things I do the combination of the acoustic sound from the bass plus the reinforcement from DLM8 is fine and more balanced throughout the range of the instrument. I'm able to go straight into the the DLM8 from the Full Circle as the second channel has a 1 Mohm input. Unfortunately although the DLM8 does have two channels with XLR/combo connectors, it doesn't have phantom power so I have to use a small mixer (or I could use a phantom power box) if I want to use the ATM-350 (I'm using a Behringer Xenyx 502). Still, the whole setup is comparable in weight to my old one (Clarus SL was 2.5 lbs plus Ten2 EX at 23 lbs while the DLM8 is 22 lbs and the Xenyx 502 is 2.6 lbs) and the DLM8 is smaller in size than Ten2 EX. Even better, when I need to speak to the audience I can use a dynamic mic (e.g. SM58) straight into one of the DLM8 channels and it even has onboard reverb. One benefit of using an outboard mixer is that it's easier to change the levels and other settings. The control panel on the DLM8 is at the back and you generally need to be looking at the display to do anything other than change the level of a channel so it's not very practical if, for example, you want to make some changes to the EQ while you are playing. Some other nice things about the DLM8 are that it can go on a pole mount and you can daisy chain it with other DLM8s (could be useful for big band situations). The DLM8 has some serious grunt (it also comes in a 12" model) too and the sound is very clear. I'm still playing with it but so far I love it.