yes yes y'all, i am back with a new kick butt mini rig o' joy, and yes, virginia, it rocks... to be honest, i was very surprised by the AI Clarus. i bought it cause i was tired of carrying anything too bulky for a last minute pickup gig. and for some odd reason, i get alot of 'em. but i still get mightly impressed by the ss tones of this little guy. good combo of power, nice warm tone, and super lightweight. its the biggest hidden secret from Raleigh, NC! and tho, it sounds pretty nice to my ears thru the Epi ultralite 1x10's, out of curiousity, i added my trusty Demeter Tube DI thru the effects loop: ...and wow! the Dem adds a refined feel with juicier mids and a sweet rounded low end. would you expect any less? i also like using my SIB FatDrive that i normally use for my guitars, and it gives an even fatter, warmer, furrier SVT like feel to the proceedings! and how could i not mention the Epi Ultralites? they each weigh 22 lbs. 22 frickin' lbs.! that's a full briefcase, or a bag of groceries, or a full backpack of books, NOT a bass cab. but, sheesh, do they sound righteous. the 10" speakers punch thru whatever's in your way. and, no matter the preamp or head, everything just sounds soooo good. the sweet top end clarity and midrange detail they give my Elrick is unsurpassed. anywho, took this rig tonight to an r&b, neo-soul band that i've been asked to help out with, and no shortage of volume here. my tone was tight, round, juicy, and detailed. later, the guitarist, drummer, and i hung around for some late night rockin' out, and it kept up ok with the louder than crack drummer. not exactly loud enough for me, but all the more reason, i should save up my pennies for that Epi Ultralite 4x10. didnt hurt that i carried (yes, carried, no need for the silly cart anymore!) the whole thing on and off the bus, subway, whathaveyou, without breaking a sweat. moral of the story? if you want big tone, in a small package, look no further than a pair of Epifani Ultralites, and a nice Clarus. your ears, back, drummer, bandleader, whatever will thank you!