I'm new to the forum and let me say I've learned a lot in the few days I've been on the site. Now to call on all of your sage like wisdom... here is my predicament. I just started playing bass again, we are starting to get gigs and I want a better rig. Back in the day, circa 2001, I was playing a Ken Smith bass into an Eden WT800 through an Epifani 3x10 cab, which if I remember, that cab was new and exciting back then. As you can tell from my previous gear, I care about quality and I'm willing to pay for the right tone and playability. Back in the bass saddle again, I'm starting from scratch and I've decided a few things. Fender Mustang Bass: Not being sure I was going to gig with a group ever again I wanted something affordable and I couldn't believe the variety of tone I could get out this thing that cost $580. Markbass... read about it on here and went to check it out. I A/B'd with an Ampeg and Eden, like my old rig, and hands down Little Mark II is for me. Now for the cab. I was trying out the standard neo 410s and 115s in different combinations and it was all familiar territory after using my Epifani for years. Then I plugged the Little Mark II into Markbass' classic 8x10 cab.... oooohhhhh how I loved it! So I asked the sales guy why it sounded so different. I even tried two 410 cabs stacked that day. He goes on to explain to me that the cab is sealed and the punchy bottom end that I was going gah gah for was attributed to that. Finally my question: where do I go from here? It appears I like a sealed bass cab... was the sales rep right? If this is the case who's making them other than Markbass? I'm playing in a poppy rock group but I slap often. I'm in love with how tight and punchy the low end was in that cab... and being a really fast bass player (and I like to take solos , let the lead guitar player stand there!) I found the notes more articulate through this cab. The sound kept up with me and didn't get muddled. Anyone else out there in love with punchy, tight low end? Are you achieving that with a sealed cab? Are there ported cabs that can get this kind of tone? Bestow upon me your infinite wisdom talkbass community! This is such a great resource! Thanks for reading and having me on the forum.