I spoke to Dave at Avatar about all the good things that people were saying about Avatars on Talkbass.com. Several weeks ago, he told me of a new cabinet that he was coming out with. He was very excited about it and thought it would appeal to many people as a great practice cab, for use in a small venue or as part of a stack. We spoke some more and I offered to review one for him and post it to this site (shame I have to send the cab back after this). So, after waiting for a bit, I received the box. Shipping weight was 40 lbs so I imagine the cab itself (without the packaging) to weigh about 37ish pounds give or take. As with the other cabs I have received from Avatar, the cab is VERY well packed and well protected from the abuse of UPS. Dave even seals the cabs in plastic inside to protect them from moisture. The first thing that you notice about the cab is the solid feel. As with the other Avatar cabs I have owned, these things are built TOUGH. ¾ plywood construction, dadoed joints, nice corner protectors, switchcraft ¼ jacks (2 of them for daisy-chaining), tweeter volume control (nice brass knob with a solid feel when you turn it), 6dB per octave slope mylar capacitor crossover, Fostex (aka Foster, same company) tweeter (used by many other cab makers like SWR, Carvin, etc ), and the sweet monster Eminence Kappa 12 (rated at 400 RMS!!) with the mega 80 oz. magnet!! The cab has 2 4 diameter ports in the back that are 1 in depth. One thing that you notice immediately is the portability of this cab. The handle on the top has a good solid feel and is positioned perfectly so when you lift the cab. It is balanced without leaning to the front or rear (or side to side for that matter). So, time to fire this baby up! I had my Avatar 2x10 along for an A/B test and 2 different heads (my Hartke 7000 and my new Trace Elliot Commando). I also had 2 basses to play with (my 98 Fender Precision and my 2002 Washburn model RB-2002 Hammerhead). I used 2 different effects boxes (my DOD Bass 30 and my Zoom 506II). I hooked up the 2x10 at first and jammed for a solid 30 plus minutes to get used to the sound and then switched to the B112 (using the same setup, Washburn with the DOD and the Trace head). The first thing that I noticed was the volume increase. This is probably due to the 2 10 speakers sucking up more juice. Now for the sound! On hard rock jams/metal using a pick (fast) I actually give my vote to the 2x10. The 2x10 seemed to be slightly tighter with a little more punch. I then switch to a few blues riffs, mainstream rock and some jazz stuff. This is where the cabinet shines. It has a VERY warm sound to it and still maintains much of the punch of the 10 but is not as muddy as a 15 at higher frequencies. Part of this may also come from the crossover routing the highs to the tweeter. In any case it sounds great. Unfortunately I did not have a five or six string on hand to test some of the lower notes, but an E at high volumes sounds wonderful with the full fundamental intact. Time to throw some wattage at this baby. First I plugged into the 2x10 with my Hartke head and jammed for a bit. I then plugged the 1x12 into the Hartke rig and started playing at high volume. Since this is a 8 ohm cab (same as my 2x10) the Hartke could only deliver 240 watts RMS to the cab but let me tell you that this cab took every bit of it at mucho high volumes without flapping, farting, etc. It surprised me on just how loud this thing got. Talk about shaking the house down. Damn near as loud as the 2x10 cab. Very impressive indeed!!! Band practice, the next realm: Now that I had spent some time with the cab one on one it was time to put it through the paces with the band. Admittedly, I am a member of a 3 piece band, a drummer, a guitarist/main vocalist and myself the bassist and backup vocalist. I brought the Hartke head along for this for fear of the Trace not being able to supply the cab with enough watts for a good volume. Let me cut to the chase, the B112 held up wonderfully. It had enough volume to cut through my drummer and guitarist (plus vocals through a PA) without strain. I can see this cab doing well at a small venue without a PA and of course it would be fine at any size venue with a PA. Bottom line; how the hell can you go wrong with this cab for $199 + $25 shipping??? Quality components, construction, customer service, etc make this an exceptional value. Avatar has to be one of the best kept secrets on the internet (or anywhere else for that matter) IMHO. Dave at Avatar has succeeded in giving us wonderful products at GREAT prices. No middlemen, big corporate offices, CEOs, advertising (strictly word of mouth) etc, to raise the prices. Gotta love it! Link to Avatar: http://www.avatarspeakers.com Update 6-19: Dave just sent me an email stating that the price of the B112 has been lowered to $179. Holy crap!!!