A few days ago it arrived: an Avatar TB153, well packaged and undamaged. It was a bit of a surprise, since I had not had any communication with Dave of Avatar since the payment was finalized. As I was composing an email to inquire the status of the order, the delivery guy knocked on my door. First impression: Wow. I had ordered it with blue tolex, and the color is impressive! The duratex would withstand more abuse for sure, but I baby my cabs enough that the tolex will last long enough. I added a slip cover for a little extra protection while transporting and storing between gigs. free image hosting Since I didn't know the cab would be arriving last week, I had my amp locked up in the rehearsal space and couldn't get to it till the weekend. That also meant that I wouldn't be able to play with it before my show on Saturday night. I decided to take the risk of running the amp for the first time on stage, but I had my little GK rig in the car as a back up, just in case. So I get to the venue, set up in my tiny corner of the stage, and wait in nervous anticipation for the show to start to finally hear what the thing sounds like. First song comes and goes, and I can't really get a good feel of the tone. Between blaring guitars, standing right next to the drummers crash/china, and forgetting my hearing protection, I couldn't hear anything out of the ordinary with the bass. I could definitely feel it kicking behind me, though. At certain points in the set, I could hear what sounded like a faint rattle, or possibly a very crisp fret buzz, I made a mental note to tighten all the screws the next day, and learn how to EQ the amp to tame the sizzling SS roundwounds that the new 3-way had uncovered. But in the moment, it wasn't anything that was ruining the music. Buried on stage photo sharing At the end of the show, my band mates complimented my new gear, saying it was very "crisp". That kind of confirmed my paranoia that the treble was much more open on this cab than on my ampeg 15". So this morning I sit down to play through the amp to get a real idea of what it sounds like. Immediately I notice the previously mentioned fret buzz; but I quickly realize it isn't the fret buzzing, or the tone control on my bass or amp, and it didn't sound like a "rattle" per se (though I will still tighten all screws anyways)... It seems like there is an electric "sizzle" that comes from either the 1" driver or the 6" mid driver. It isn't a constant sizzle, it is intermittent, and it is triggered (sometimes) by playing notes from open A up (standard tuning). I can't EQ it out, and it happens with every one of my bass guitars. Could one of the drivers be damaged? Is there any way to test and be certain which one? Hopefully this is an easy problem to fix. The cab is intended to replace my GK MB210/Ampeg SVT-15e rig that I currently use for small/medium gigs.