Bassart advertised his Mesa M2000 for trade. I had an EBS Fafner I was willing to trade since I had been wanting a Mesa. We came to an agreement to swap amplifiers. Bassart insisted on shipping Fedex, which although it was much more difficult for me to use rather than UPS, I agreed on. I shipped my Fafner to him, he shipped his Mesa to me. We both received the amplifiers on the same day. The Mesa was well packed, and was just as advertised. I loved the way it sounded and was very happy with the deal. Bassart emailed me and advised he got the Fafner, it powered up, the fan was dead quiet as he had hoped, and all was well with the deal. Later that evening, he called me at home, and said the Fafner did not work (despite his email earlier in the day). He insinuated I sent him a broken amp by saying "Scouts honor you used the amp for a gig Saturday?" I assured him that I had, and that the amp was in excellent condition when it left my house. I assured Bassart I would do whatever it took to make the deal right. We exchanged MANY emails over the next several days. Bassart thought maybe the problem was with the speakon cables he was using. He advised me that he was buying some new cables, and he felt that would probably be the solution. He further said, if it wasn't, he would take care of any minor fix, but would appreciate my help if it was something major. Again, I agreed. Several days later, Bassart called my wife while I was at work, and said that the amplifier was broken, and he wanted to trade back. I called him and he said that his repair shop was out of business, so he wouldn't be getting it fixed, and he just wanted to reverse the deal. I agreed to do this, even though I'd be taking a hit shipping, and end up with nothing but a broken amplifier in return. I advised Bassart I would be making a claim with Fedex, since it allegedly got damaged in shipping. He then advised me HIS BOSS had thrown away all the packing material and the boxing I had sent the Fafner in. This ruined my chances of recovering any damage from Fedex, if the amp was indeed damaged in shipping. I shipped the Mesa back to Bassart, in the same packing and box he sent it to me in (stay tuned because he'll be posting that he's upset about the way it was returned to him). He shipped the Fafner back to me. I tried the Fafner up reciept, and found it was indeed broken. I emailed the authorized EBS repair center in the US, and described the symptoms to the tech. I was advised that it was UNLIKELY that the amplifier was damaged in shipping, and more likely that a bad cable or speaker was hooked up to the amp, causing a problem in the power section. See above where bassart thought maybe one of his cables caused the problem. Bottom line, I was out shipping 4 ways (to/from Bassart, then to from/repair), the cost of a repair, and the cost of borrowing or getting other gear to use in the meantime. I recieved nothing in return other than a broken amplifier that was fine when I sent it, and a negative feedback from bassart. I did each and every thing Bassart asked me to do to make the deal right. I certainly did show bassart who I was, as he did me.