After many months of poring through many reviews and playing through the dozen or so heads that I thought might cut muster, I had pretty much settled on an Eden Navigator powered by a QSC PLX series amp. As far as cabbage, I was gonna go with either Acme's or Epifani's. Well the opportunity for a good deal arose last week when michaeln posted his Navigator and two Acme B-2's for sale. I figgered I had to jump at this one so I called him up to set up a time I could drop by his place to run the rig with my Toby-5. Since I live outside Sacramento I had to make the drive to San Francisco, about 90 minutes with good traffic. Fortunately the A's or Giant's weren't playing in town that day so traffic was light. (Now the bastards aren't playing at all thanks to some unmentionable teams from NY; that's another story.) Michael had the rig all set up and ready to play when I got there. Let me first throw kudos out to Michael; he was a consumate gentleman and all-round good guy. If any one has any dealings with him in the future, I recommend him highly. The first thing I noticed tonally was the depth on B-string. I've been playing through a Peavey Mark VI head into a Peavey 410TX and EV 1x15 for years and I've not been able to get that kind of tonal oomph that I'd like. But I immediately noticed it through this rig. I was sold after ten minutes. Michael ran the knobs and buttons by me just to give me an idea of the options I have with the Navigator (and there are a lot!) I probably will have to play a few rehearsals and gigs before I can settle on a range of settings. Michael was also kind enough let me play a few of his lovelies including a Lakland 5 fretless which was sweeeeet. In addition I tried out his Epifani 310, which was nice but I didn't have enough time to really run it thoroughly. But we concluded our deal and I walked out with the Navigator and the Acme's. Plus we had a nice chat to boot. I have a QSC PLX 2402 on it's way from Lord Valve ($799!) which should be here Wed. or Thurs. in time for my gig Friday, but in the meantime I've got it set up to run through my 800W EV Dynacord. I've only been able to play along with CD's at the moment (band rehearsal tomorrow night) but I just have to say that I'M A HAPPY MAN! My bass sounds the richest and sweetest I've ever heard it. I have the bass tone knob set a hair above flat, midrange flat and treble a hair below flat, with the enhance knob set around 1:00. My keyboard player and drummer have been calling and bugging me for details to which I tell 'em, 'Wait til Tuesday night!' I can't wait, dammit! YEEEEEHAAAAAAAAWWWW!!!!