Continuing in the tradition of this post's mother from another brother. I bought three cabinets of similar type, with a view to keeping the one I preferred and selling the others here at TB: a Barefaced Big Baby 2 gen3, a Tollini-built Greenboy fEARless f112 and an Audio Kinesis Thunder Child 112 with the latest version of the top-mounted tweeter. Duke has that on his long list of cabs to build, so it will be done at his pace. For now, I wanted to jot down my experience of comparing the first two. Who knows, maybe a combo of two of them will be the thing. Day of f112 Arrival: Out of the box, it's a very nice build, really solid and good paint job, with a clean black grille. I was surprised that it is smaller in person than it looks in photos. Compared to BB2, it is a couple inches narrower and also shorter, but maybe a couple inches deeper than the BB2. I opted for the birch instead of the okoume... birch is harder wood and only a difference of 5 pounds so I went with it. I'm using a Noble as a preamp, my default is both EQ knobs at 9:00 for a small bump of each band, going in the FX loop of a Mesa Subway D-800+. A Moollon P-Classic IV and a J 5-string. Later I'll try my Stingray fretless. Playing f112 side-by-side with the BB2, my first impressions are there is no clear winner yet: 1. They are both of a similar sensitivity. At the same EQ settings on the Noble, the f112 has a clearly pronounced... I'd guess around 80-150Hz, which makes it sound louder in a way than the BB2. This bump is definitely causing feelings of punch, and there is something satisfying about having lots of that range with bass. It makes it feel a little bit more like a conventional bass amp, which might be good or bad depending. That punch adds authority that would help in a band setting. 2. I was finding, when just playing along with music, that the bump was obscuring the clarity of the bass a little. I turned the Noble's bass down to 8:00 and it was better balanced in a mix. Speaking of obscuring, keeping the tweeter L-Pad at noon, I fiddled with the I and II switch and, although I was expecting to prefer the I setting, I found I liked the II for more things, as it helped bring back some of the voice of the bass that was getting a little lost in all the lower mids. I need to spend more time with this. 3. I didn't realize at first that the f112 tweeter control didn't control the mid driver along with the tweeter, so f112 doesn't get as dark as BB2 if you roll it off. Different controls altogether. But the mid driver really does most of the heavy lifting. My impression may change with time, but I think I prefer the openness of the BB2's high end. That said, I'm thinking I will get used to the f112's tone over the course of a week, and it might even... shhhhhhh... "break in" (don't tell Agedhorse I said that!). 4. When I returned to the BB2, I missed the punchy low end that f112 was giving me (it felt a little "hollowed out" in comparison), but I found that a bump of about 1 hour on the clock face of the Noble's bass knob was all it took to make the BB2 have similar low end authority. BB2 can take some serious EQ, and I'm glad to see that it can compete with a slight turn of knob. 5. When the cabs are standing upright, I'm hearing the BB2's dispersion to be superior. f112 sounds more directional to me. After playing that way for a while, however, I turned the f112 over to wedge monitor mode and it sounded completely different, almost better in every way, as it was pointing right at me. But that kind of proves to me what I'm hearing with the dispersion. Again, this cabinet could "open up" over the course of a week's playing. 6. This may be unfair, as I've been playing through it for a month compared to the Greenboy, but BB2 sounds a little more transparent and the cabinet's low end seems to transcend its cabinet's size. f112 sounds great, but sounds more "of the box itself" if you know what I mean. Interested to see if that changes with time. 7. Popped notes on the J sound excellent through both of these cabinets, and while they aren't identical in tone, I don't know that I prefer one over the other because they do a great job. 8. Playing distortion and overdrives through these cabs sounds significantly different though, I would guess due to the mid driver and crossover. Today, at least, I think the BB2 slightly edges out f112 in the overdrive test, in terms of it sounding more natural and not fizzing out, even full-up, which is where I keep it. With f112, it all concentrates in the mid driver, and you really hear the crossover points. BB2's tweeter manages to both be a little brighter with drive, but also softer and less buzzy. It sort of recedes into the background a little, which I think is a cool trick. f112 isn't fizzy by any means, and I actually like drive through this cabinet quite a bit, but you hear a lot more upper-midrange distortion, which might be good and might not depending. Using the I setting on the switch might help. 9. I would say both cabs handle the Moollon's B string beautifully. I can't give out a prize for this, except to both. A big take away for me has been that the right 12" speaker in the right cabinet for bass is actually awesome, despite past experience, and I'm a convert. These are probably the two best bass cabinets I've ever played through, for my taste. Their differences are much, much smaller than their similarities. There is something special about the f112 that I can't put my finger on yet. Regardless of the differences, if I'd only ever heard of one of these, I could happily play one or the other without regrets, as they are both winners. Now, I can hone in on what works best for me in the end and enjoy testing both in the process. More reports over the next week.