Wow, I walked into a Guitar Center store in Columbus yesterday just to get a strap. I'm never usually entertained by the crap they have there, but I always do a quick walkthrough of the bass dept. Sitting there was a used SWR Baby Blue II combo, with the 2x8 speakers. Tag $499. I've always wanted to try one of those. Of course, it followed me home for an adoption fee of $400. I had a rehearsal last evening to learn some new tunes, and the thing absolutely smoked. It was hands down the best sounding combo I've ever played through, and it held its own against the drummer in a small studio room. I'm used to high-end gear, and my main rig is a n Eden Navigator pre and QSC PLX power, but this thing sounded IN-FREAKIN'-CREDIBLE. I plugged my Ernie Ball 2x10 extension cab into it for awhile, and though it had more lows, it lost its sweetness and evenness, even after necessary tone tweaking, so I went back to just the internal speakers. What an incredible little beast. Hands down the best $400 bills I ever spent on gear. I'm going to mic this thing for recording, use it as my practice rig, and plug my NS upright through it for small jazz gigs. I never thought a combo could sound so good . . . and my bandmates were in awe and disbelief.