Some of you heard me earlier about my PA speaker dilemma. Well it was time to get rid of them and get a bass cab. Today I took a trip to my local music store to get a 4x10 cab. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. First I tried out an Ampeg SVT-410HE, Hartke VX410, and Hartke 410XL. All cabs were played through a Hartke3500 amp head and Zoom 506II pedal on a modified C3 setting with a Lefty MIM Fender Jazz w/ Badass Bass II bridge (see pic). The Hartke 410XL sounded terrible IMO. They aluminum drivers really just gave out a tinny sound. I was really comparing the Ampeg and the Hartke VX410 (paper cone drivers). Both had very distinct, different sounds. It seemed like the ampeg had a clear mid/high sound and the hartke had a more bassy sound. The ampeg was also $200 more. I personally liked the Hartke sound better. The extra bass gave more of a hit to the punch it packed. The Hartke had that grittiness that I love. It's hard to explain, but the cab had that sound where it just blows your ears off when you pop any note on the D string. The kind of gritty punch mixed with twang where you're just like "wow that's loud". That's another thing I love about this cab, very loud. I can crank it without any clipping at all, which is awesome for an 8 ohm cab. Ultimately the goal is to get another one and have two 410s at 4 ohms for shows. I think just one will be enough for practice though, which is awesome. Anyway, after I bought the Hartke VX410, I traded my Ampeg B2R head for a Hartke 3500 head. I hated the way the purely Ampeg solid state head sounded. Just kind of sounded flat, where the Hartke 3500 had that grittiness I love. The tube control with the Hartke 3500 is a HUGE plus. My settings on the 3500 right now: Tube: 8 Solid: 5 No compression (never liked this, just kills the sound IMO) EQ is flat Low Pass: +3 High Pass: -5 However, I think my Zoom 506II modified C3 setting colors the sound the most (brings a little brightness to the gritty punch). Despite all the people that like to diss Hartke VX cabs on here, I trusted my ears and this cab has the perfect sound. $300 isn't bad at all for a 4x10 either. The sound I'm talking about is very unique too. The best I can describe it is VERY gritty and punchy. It sounds a lot like FalsehoodBass (on this board ) on the Falsehood songs. I'll see if I can get a recording and host it somewhere this weekend since all this sound vocab (grit, punch, brightness, etc) is all subjective. Anyway, this cab is GREAT for the money. So to all you ney-sayers out there... I LOVE my Hartke stuff Now I just need a band I'm so happy with this cab!!! I can't get over it!