I've always been wary of the adulation bestowed upon the ultra-lite amps and speaker cabs. Never been convinced when I read "Someone came up and told me how wonderful my lightweight 1x12" with 3 pound amp sounded." I've bought two lightweight heads as backups to my tube amps. One sounds pretty good, one was quickly sold. But I had to respect it when some of you admitted you put up with some loss in tone for the sake of convenience. Especially you NYC folks. Been there, done that. Recently we secured a weekly gig at the top of a long flight of stairs with no loading dock. I am luckly enough to have bandmates who are always present for each & every load in and load out. But I still figured it might be nice to use a pair of those ultra-light 1x12s rather than haul up one of my Orange OBC-115 cabs. Especially since there is a great sound system at the club. So I bought a pair of one of the boutique cabs whose brand starts with a vowel. They sound horrible. The big Orange 1x15" cabs can make any amp sound good. I ran an old SS Sunn Coliseum which sounded really crappy through the old 4x12" cab (with JBLs) through the Orange cabs. It sounded sweet! Anything I put through those speakers sounds sweet. SS guitar heads, 30 watt amps, whatever. In contrast, any amp I run through the modern ultra-light 12s sounds really bad. Even a beautiful old Sunn or Orange tube head. I've tried tweaking them endlessly, but nothing sounds good, especially when I play a nice Guild bass with Bisonics. With a lot of fiddling, a Steinberger can sound tolerable. I'm wondering how much of the raves the lightweight equipment is getting is simply a function of the weight, not the sound. (PS - PLEASE spare me the obligatory lecture of "If you played out as much as I do you'd understand" etc. I am talking about sound, not convenience.) Thanks for reading my frustrated rant.