So I'm the proud owner of a new Peavey Microbass amp! Go me! After trying out a number of very small bass amps, I felt that it really kicked the butt of almost every amp in its size class, with the exception of a spendy ($700) but very nice GK combo. I wanted a little practice amp that would sound decent at VERY low volume (as in late night apt playing), and the Peavey delivers. Interestingly enough, however, the one that I took home initially didn't sound nearly as nice as the one in the showroom. The demo unit on the floor was a Made in USA model, and I was really surprised that Peavey could sell such a great little USA-made amp at such a competitive price. When the salesguy returned from the stockroom with my new-in-the-box amp, I noticed that it was labelled Made in China. I had just seen the documentary movie "The Corporation" a couple of nights before (very eye-opening, and highly recommended to everyone btw), which has caused me to be especially aware of where things are made. Anyway, when I pointed out the difference to the salesperson, he was a little surprised too, and he told me that the issue had never come up before. This was at a great little independent guitar store, by the way, not a GuitarMart type of store. The salesguy told me that the floor model had been sitting there for well over a year, and fearing the amount of abuse the floor model must have endured over the past year, in a moment of weakness I decided on the new-in-the-box Made in China one. Sweatshops 1, Backbone 0. When I got the amp home, I took it out of its box and immediately noticed that it was a little different from the floor model. The original push-button power switch had been replaced by a rocker switch, and the detachable power cord had been replaced by an integrated one. I thought that was a little strange, but chalked it up to the small changes that would have had to occur to move production of the amps from Michigan to Shanghai or Guangdong or wherever Peavey's factories are in China. The bad news came when I turned it on. It sounded like ASS! It was really boomy and the mids had a very unpleasant harshness to them which were painful the same way listening to AM radio is painful. I was puzzled, because I couldn't imagine that I would have approved of the sound that was coming from the amp. I guess I was convinced there was something wrong, so I took the amp back to the shop the next day. Even though I'm sure the staff thought I was crazy I A/B'd the amp I bought with the US-made floor model (which thankfully was still there). Wow. No contest. The US-made one sounded soo much better. I dragged my bandmate along with me and she also agreed that the difference was huge. The shop was happy to let me swap the amps, so I did. I just tried out the new amp here in my apt. with my own bass and it's so much better it's kind of amazing. I wonder what components Peavey decided to cut corners on to make the Chinese model more cost effective? I suspect they cheaped out on the speaker, because it's probably unlikely that they redesigned the electronics to any great degree (though I suppose even small changes could have large effects). I know I spent too much time worrying about a $135 amp, but alas I have a tendency to obsess and I'm glad I swapped it out for the better one. In any case, the experience really shed new light on the phrase you always see in user manuals: "Features and specifications subject to change without notice."