I just spent nearly the entire afternoon with Pete Skjold at his shop here in Texas. What a great guy and what an incredible product he is putting out! He spent nearly three hours with me talking about his basses, showing me the shop, his stockpile of amazing woods, his construction techniques, his finishing process, etc. Then we fired up a few of the lovelies through his new prototype pre-amp (to die for) and through a variety of Schroeder cabs. First things first - Basses I played two exotic custom six string basses, fretted and fretless that were superb. I also played a five and Pete's favorite; a one piece Korina body, passive four string with his C4 pick-up. The big "whale back" sixers were fantastic. One utilized EMG pups and pre and the fretless utilized Pete's pick-up and his custom East pre-amp. Pete's pups and pre are clearly head and shoulders above the EMG system. Very full, clear, very punchy and totally flexible. You can get just about any tone you want out of them, passive or active. Fantastically built basses, BEAUTIFUL woods and finishes too. UNBELIEVABLE woods. His basses are truly THAT good. The inventory of incredible body and top woods that he has on hand is really impressive. It's a small shop but for it's size he's got the goods! Next - Schroeder cabs. I've read every, yes every post on TB about these cabs and have been patiently waiting to try them out. I played through a 1210 and a 21012 seperately. NOW I GET WHY EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT THESE CABS. The 21012 was super powerful, breathtakingly loud and low and yet very clean and clear. Yes, there is definitely a low mid presence in these cabs but it's the kind that vibrates your pelvis and makes you feel all "funny down there"! Wow! Then the 1210. Not quite as powerful as its big brother but it is a wicked loud little cab with plenty of grunt! You will be heard using these cabs! Nice warm tone, great dispersion, not too polite, still clear, great cross-over and smooth tweeter. As I said, now I get it! They just made the list. Pete is a super nice guy that totally loves what he does and loves talking about it and sharing it with other players. I'm totally envious of his job. I know it's been said before but, Pete is a SMOKIN' PLAYER! That guy picked up a couple of his basses to demonstrate the pups and was belting out some brain smakin' slap lines and finger grooves. MONSTER CHOPS! All in all a great day at the shop. I think I picked out the tops to my next two basses and my next couple of cabs and as soon as the family CFO gives approval, I hope to put in an order! Just thought I'd share. Sorry but I didn't take the camera!