A bit of a rant coming up... Now I've got a Schroeder coming - it'll be here on Sat., and i have a Crown XLS 402II. Crown: binding posts, Speakon. 1210: 1/4 jack, Speakon. Ok, I guess, i'll get a Speakon... or so I thought... So, after the classes were over, i went to a shop that I got most of my gear from, and they have lots of stuff, and the guys at the store are musicians, who do this as their day jobs. -Speakon? Yes, but the one they had was for linking up heads with cabs, and not for sale... Ok, next shop. -Speakon? Huh? From there I went to a store, which eventually was the store of EV. -Speakon? Yes. Which? 4-pole? Ok. How long do you want it? They didnt have an assembled one which was a meter long (dont know if they had an assembled one, either), so they cut the wire and gave me two little sacks with blue, black and white pieces in them. Wasnt cheap, either. At least I have it now, I thought... I was wrong... Went home, took out of my sack and notice that even though they have the same pieces and looks and design, but one has "more blue pieces" Looked at it more closely: One is a Neutrik NL4FC Speakon The other is a Neutrik mains connector Of course the second has the two little knots not 180 degrees, but 90, so that it cant be plugged into where a Speakon would go, and it only has 3 poles instead of 4, but as for the rest, same size, same shape, same design, all else is same, the only visible (but not always noticable disassembled) difference is that the plugged-in little black part is blue, but come on! 1.) why does there have to be another 3-prong power-cord Idiots 2.) Why cant make it more distinctly different, like put some red instead of blue in there - ever thought of this, idiots? Why am I so mad? The store closed before I could get back. I went to other shops which I could reach before they closed, but there werent any. This hassle could all be avoided if they could do things right.