Hi - thanks to all for first round of responses. We hit some more stores today and based on what we saw, he's honing in on what he likes. I started a separate thread because I'm jumping off on a tangent a bit. For heads, here's what we liked: Gallien-Kruger 1001RB-II (new 750) Mesa M-2000 Basis (used, 850) SWR SM-500 (1300, but we're ruling this out because it didn't sound better than the other two which cost much less) For cabinets, we liked: Ampeg 4x10" (400 used) (not sure which one it was - used, a few years old - had round ports on front, and had slight angle near top of back) Ashdown ABM 210T (550 new) Gallien Kruger 115RBH ported cabinet (250 used) Here's the questions: 1. Between the Mesa and the GK, which would you say is a more reliable/popular/wise/recommended choice? In harmony central, I see people slamming the M-2000 as being unreliable, but I am never sure how much to trust a small sample size. 2. One sales person we saw told us that 2x10 with tweeter would be fine for small clubs. But the next store we went to the guy told us that there was "no way" that 2x10 would cut it on stage, and that you needed either 4x10 or 1x15 minimum. I know this depends on lots of things, drummers, etc. But is it ill-advised to go with 2x10 as *the* cabinet? Unless something big comes along and changes his mind, I'm betting he's going to go for the GK1001RB-II with a 4x10" Ampeg cabinet. Pretty sure he liked the GK and the Boogie better than the two Ampegs (the SVT 3-Pro and 6-Pro) and the Eden Traveler series that he played the other day. I'd love to hear the Schroeder cabinets, but not sure how we could try one out in Seattle - and I don't see him buying a cabinet without trying it first... FYI, we also tried an Ashdown ABM500 (I think) head and he wasn't crazy about it. And he wasn't crazy about the SWR Workingman Pro heads, or a Fender head that he tried either. And pretty much didn't like any of the SWR cabs that we heard (from both the Workingman, Goliath, and Bertha models).