Ok fellers, this is a long one, but hear me out After a long day at work, I like to kick off my boots, plop down into my recliner and see what the talk of the day is among my fellow TB'ers. As I browse through the array of topics, I read about the awesome things being posted, from new products to troubleshooting advice. But, there's always one topic that always catches my eye, and continues to brew up almost daily. I'm talking, of course, about the concept of mini rigs, or amps and cabs that are smaller, light weight, easy to transport, yet still pack a punch. Now, before I go any further, let me say that I'm am by NO MEANS bashing on these setups. They are indeed awesome! However, I seem to be heading in the opposite direction than that of the popular trend. I first picked up a bass 3 years ago. Before then, I had been playing drums since I was in the 3rd grade, and I thought I would always be a drummer. Then, on a snowboarding trip in 2010, I broke my back, and I was left unable to play my drums while I had a big ass corset-looking brace wrapped around my torso. My buddy had just bought an ESP ltd 4-string. He had no idea how to play it, and it just sat in his house unattended (he was also a drummer). So, out of complete boredom (and from being not-so-sober from pain killers), I decided to pick up the ol' bass guitar, and I plugged it in to a nearby guitar amp. I cranked up the bass setting, and gave the E-string a flick, and something clicked in my head. The sound and vibration that resonated through the floor and up from my feet got me hooked. For the 4 months that I was layed up, I never put that bass down. When I was healthy, I took some money I had saved up, and I went out and and bought a Schecter Damien 5-string (I know... lol) and a BA-115 HP. The band I was in had just let go of our bassist, so I took the position over and we hired a drummer. A half year later, I saw a Crate amp with a 2X15 cab for really cheap, so I had to have it... You know, because it was bigger, taller and louder ! As time progressed I became more and more obsessed with bigger, larger and more powerful amps. My dream was to finally own an 8X10 "fridge" of some sort, and an amp with more than enough power. This past December I finally got that opportunity. My pennies were saved and I went in to our local store to get one ordered. I did alot of research; I wanted a Gallien Krueger Fusion 550 with a Neo 8X10 initially, considered an Ampeg SVT-CL, then I got hooked on the idea of owning a Mesa/Boogie 400+ with an SWR Megoliath 8X10, then a different rig, than a different rig,..You get the idea. I then found a Marshall VBA 400 on Ebay for a swell deal. I had to have it... two weeks later I had this thing sitting on my sofa with nothing to pair it with. So when I was at this shop, I told the guy helping that I wanted an 8X10. He insisted I get something smaller because of the "smaller" trend. He told me smaller and lighter is what everyone wants. He offered me anything from 1X12s to 4X10's. I finally had to say to him "Look, these are all awesome, but I really just want a fridge." lol so we finally looked up fridges, and I ordered a Mesa Powerhouse 8X10. I now play bass in 3 bands, 2 are covers and one is all originals. And I gotta tell ya, nothing makes me feel and play music better than a monster rig that's almost as tall as I am backing me up through the whole set. I love the low rumble and headroom I get out of this thing. In our practice area, I use an SVT-3 with a 4X10, and I just don't get the same feel. Maybe I have a size complex. lol. Anyway, there's nothing wrong to me with mini rigs. Maybe I'll own one someday. But as of right now, I'm loving the fridge concept, and I don't mind moving it from gig to gig whatsoever. As long as it delivers anything I throw at it, I'll keep it until my back gives out haha. It just makes me wonder... In 10, 20 years, will these big companies continue building these pigs, or will the mini-rigs completely eradicate them to the point where they just make a fancy shelf? If that's the case... Fridges, you will be missed.