Hey guys, so a while ago I started a thread where I poured out my life story and that I wanted an Ampeg cab for my Acoustic 370, but I wasn't sure which. After that thread some time passed and now I've got it narrowed down to the 410HLF and 810, both Heritage models. I do believe I have the transporation issues regarding a 810 figured out. If I pull the trigger on it, I will personally see how well it fits in our van with the help of a friend. If it's not a good fit, I can send it back and get a refund. I already asked the store, just need to be careful with it. Then it's back to the 410HLF, but right now I still have a choice... The problem is, I need a cab for a gig on October 25th, and I'll have the cash for either of them on the 15th. I need to pull the trigger then. Unfortunately, there is no way for me to play them before I buy, so I can't drag my trusty ol' amp and see which cab I like better. I have to decide sitting on my butt in front of my PC. The only Ampeg I've played before is the 410HE, borrowed at our rehearsal space for one night. I totally loved how it sounded and decided to get an Ampeg cab right then and there. Huge improvement over my lousy 2x15. Afterwards, I did my research and found the Heritage series to be the most interesting for me. The 810 I'd love to get because it's my personal dream when it comes to cabs and I've always looked up to 810's. The only concerns I have are the size, transportation issues and the sound. I wanna know from people who have 810's (especially the Heritage ones of couse) what can they say about the sound in their personal opinion and how do they move 'em around. I've read somewhere that some distance away from a sealed cab (10ft?) the low end starts to "dissipate" and cannot fill the whole room. Is this correct? I've been thinking about this, and I went to a show a couple of days ago where the bass player was rocking a Fender Jazz Bass with an Ampeg head (one of the SVT pro models I believe) and an unidentified 810 sitting in a transport case. This was in a huge tent in downtown Warsaw, with lots of PA support, and you pretty much couldn't hear the bass, especially the lower frequencies. I was standing near the guard rails in front of the stage. Of course I don't know how the EQ was set and I can't say I've ever trusted PA systems at large gigs (or even sound guys), but I can't say I was really impressed. Another concern I have which might sound stupid, but anyways I gotta ask - might the 810 be too big for some gigs? Sometimes we play in medium to large concert venues, but sometimes it's a gig at a club in an old basement, say 100-150 people. I began to think that a bigass 810 on a very small stage with my Acoustic 370 might be overkill. Of couse I never crank my amp up, in fact I barely ever go past 1.5 on the Volume knob, but I have this weird idea that even this might be too much for a small gig. Am I right to be concerned about this? I like the 410HLF because it's smaller, easier to transport and also because it's ported and supposedly gives out lots of boomy, punchy low end that I like. Problem is, I began to think that might be too much low end. How does it compare to a 810? When I play, I always roll off the tone a liiiiiiiitle bit on my Fender American Standard Precision Bass (now fitted with an SD Quarter Pound pickup - SPB-3), and I EQ the amp so that I'm definitely within lows and mids. I always cut the treble to my liking, depending on the situation and the gear at the gig. I've always felt that notes played on the G string on my bass kind of "stand out" too much and feel unnatural compared to the rest, so I've always tried to compensate on my gear. I know that both are and will be great cabs, but it's the only opportunity that I'll have for a very, very long while to get an 810, so I'm thinking about it and I'd love to pull the trigger, but then again I have doubts when it comes to the sound, and of course money is an issue too... the suspense is killing me! I need to know everyone's opinion and experience with both cabs. Every single detail about the sound. Especially how would they work in terms of my EQ preferences. Please, TalkBass! Your opinions matter greatly and WILL influence my decision. I apologize if my post seemed chaotic but I need to know everything before I pull the trigger on this. Thanks in advance for helping out.