Hey y'all. Longtime lurker, first time poster. Got a long-winded ramble concerning cabs: I recently developed the desire for a portable cab that can hang with a rock drummer. I have a pair of 15" Black Widows in a hacked together slant cab that gives me a nice, loud, punchy full-range bass experience. I've been using these drivers for the better part of the last 10 years. No real thought was put into the cab other than 'i want one of them pointed at my face.' No bracing, no damping, no volume or port calculations. That said, it still sounds pretty good. Trouble is, it hardly fits through a doorway and is a real PITA to move. I started exploring the alternatives, and found many recommendations for high buck cabs (berg, BF, BFM, etc.) and the fEARful line. A common thread among many of the well regarded offerings is the Eminence 3012LF driver. The 12/6 and its peers seems like a good balance between power and portability, but the price is a bit steep. Enter the Avatar SB126. The other day I had a chance to play though a pair of Avatar SB126 cabs loaded with 3012LF drivers. Stock 6" (alpha6?) and xover (2k6?). A poor man's 12/6? Using just one cab, I got a nice, deep, tight sound that was even across the fretboard. Hint of balls in the attack. Even had a sort of 'new string sparkle' to it that was really nice without being harsh. Trouble is, when I turned up to what I thought was a good 'playing with a group' volume, it'd fart out on and around E. Tried using both cabs, and while it was fuller and a bit more forgiving, they still failed to deliver at what I feel is a pretty reasonable volume. Why would they crap out like this? I wasn't clipping or over/under-driving them. Is the crossover just set too high? I really liked the sound - pretty neutral without being boring - but need to be able to turn up. Also, compared to my 215 BW baseline, they were super quiet for the power they were getting. I guess that's no real surprise, though. This limited experience leaves me wondering what a 12/6 or like brings to the table. I mostly play rock, blues and jazz, so I don't know that 'studio monitor transparency' is really what I'm after. I'd like something light, but honestly size is more important. I don't slap or really have any fancy gear, so I don't think I need anything too 'modern.' Am I wrong to press on in my pursuit of a 12/6, or would I be better suited with some ceramic drivers? For as long as I've been playing, I'll admit I never really gave much thought to my cabs. I'm willing to suck it up and piece together something ~$500, but would prefer something cheaper. And while I'm sure the fEARless/AK/BF cabs are tremendous, they cost more than all of my bass gear combined. Is there a middle ground between junk and awesome that is loud, punchy and portable? Should I just buy a hand truck and be done with it? Thanks for digesting my disjointed mental vomit. I prostrate myself before the based gods of geardom. Cheers, blip TLDR - what's a loud portable cab cheaper than a 12/6?