apparently, stealing designs isn't the only corner they illegaly cut. the v-amp and bass v-amp, as well as several powered and unpowered mixers all violate FCC equipment authorization rules. they've been selling them for five years and for over a year since being notified of the violations by the FCC. $1M won't hurt them too badly, but that's still a lot of money for anyone. this means uli won't be able to buy a new steering system for his yacht for another month, now. robb.