Now that I've gotten to the point I suck marginally less, I'd like to start getting out and jamming with friends to further improve my skills. I find I need a light, small, light, decent sounding at kids-and-wife-in-the-house volume, light portable amplifier in the $100 to $200 range. My Peavey Basic 40 combo is a bit big and heavy for lugging around. I need it to be small enough to easily fit in my trunk (I have a good sized car - a new Impala), since I don't want to scuff up the leather. The only drummer we know is a bagger/cartchaser up at the grocery store that bathes once a month whether he needs it or not, so I'll only be competing against a drum machine and one or two guitars at moderate volumes. Our usual space is down a steep, narrow stairway, so small is the word. Did I mention I wanted it to be light? I've looked at a couple of small, cheap amps up at the store, but it always seems to be Wanker Hour - it's kind of hard to evaluate a 10 or 15 watt bass amp when some kid across the store is doing his EVH impression, poorly, dimed on a stack. I've identified the following as prospects, and welcome additions to the list and comments from past or present owners: Trace Elliot Boxer 30 (I'm leaning towards this one as of today, but no effects loop.) Vox T-25 (I've only seen it on the web, but like the idea of a 10" - good reviews on Harmony Central. No effects loop.) Peavey Microbass (Won the BP shootout a few years ago, but the competition wasn't too stiff!) SWR LA-8 (Once again, I've only seen this on the 'net - brand new, it seems. Anyone see one at NAMM? Max price for my range. Has an effects loop. I tend to like the SWR family sound.) What I really wish is that MusicYo would have Epi gin up something for their Electar line. I'm really happy with my Electar 10 tube g****r amp!