I picked this up yesterday. A bit about what led up to the purchase: I am a die-hard old school Ampeg guy. I have a B-25B with matching 2x15, a 66/67 B-15N (my baby), as well as the reissue B-15R. Jazz is my first love, and my B-15N is it for that. 'Nuff said. UNfortunately, that amp literally smoked a few years back, and I had it repaired and now it's just a studio amp. I played a B-25B in high school in jazz band, and always loved it. I got the 2x15" I used in HS when they got rid of it. I found the exact matching head and had it cleaned up. Love that sound, hate to schlep that rig. Besides the jazz thing which I don't get to do very often these days, I am in a Rush tribute band and a covers band. The Rush band came first, and at first I was using the B-25B with a 1x15 (matching 16ohm of course), but it wasn't enough volume. I hate solid state, so I got the reissue B-15R, but it just doesn't have the b@11$ of the old Ampeg stuff. It didn't sit right in the overall mix - it was too clean for a tube amp IMHO It had none of the "grit" of the old stuff. It sounded perfect as a DI box though, and great with my MusicMan. It got used only on a couple of gigs and twice in the studio. So I went back to my B-25B, but then swapped in the matching 2x15. Night and day from the B-15R - I got "it". But every gig is a pain to do because it's so big and heavy to carry. But I get my sound, although I wish it had a bit more overall volume like a V-4B (which I once owned but got rid of about 10 years ago when I found my B-25B). Unfortunately, I need to think long term and about things like my back health, not to mention easier onstage and off, etc. I narrowed my thinking down to 3 setups: 1. Get a V-4B and a 1x15" 2. Get an Ampeg Portabass, the SVP-CL, and a 1x15" 3. Get a combo like the WAlkabout with a 1x15" Of course, I wanted to hear what it is I was going to buy (unless I knew what it was, like the V-4B). No one around me - not even Guitar Center - stocks the Portabass series. Apparenly, it doesn't sell well. Cross that off. GC stocks the Mesa stuff, but the 1x15" is a special order. I did go in and play the 1x12" with one of their basses and it sounded pretty good, but I still wasn't sure. I loved the idea of the V-4B and a cab, but the weight is not something I was looking foward to. And how much Ampeg stuff can one person have? lol A dealer here in MA actually had the 1x15" version of the Walkabout Scout in stock, and I went down yesterday to play it. It has the low end which I feel I couldn't get out of the Ampeg (I think it has to do with overall wattage), but I was also able to so far seemingly get "my sound" out of a non-Ampeg tube amp. Now, some of it was my bass obviously, but it's the first non-Ampeg amp I've heard where I can almost get my B-15N sound out of that isn't a B-15N. For grins and yucks, I plugged into the 1x15" Venture combo, and to my ears, the Walkabout Scout sounded better. I had to work harder to get a good sound out of the Venture. The Venture is also MUCH heavier, but does come with casters, so it's a tradeoff. I'll take 40 less pounds, thank you very much. With the compressor on, I got a very good sound out of the Venture, but it had an overall different sound to me than the Walkabout Scout. Even the guy in the store said he heard the difference and the Walkabout was better - at least when it came to my bass. So I plunked down my money, and I have a new amp. Just as an FYI, I had a question and I called Mesa this AM. They called me back within an hour or two (I'm EST, they are PST, so there was a 3 hr. lag anyway). I am already impressed with their customer service. I was asking about the DI, as the manual mentioned a pre/post switch which doesn't exist. The manual is wrong. The Walkabout's DI outputs the full thing (tube, etc.). So it's post. You can mod it to do pre. I now need to find a new home for the B-15R since I don't need four tube amps! I'll post more thoughts once I actually use it in a band situation this weekend.