I just got back from a quick business trip to Kansas City. I flew in Sunday afternoon. Sunday, I met up with a KC native I know from the FDP. I had heard rumors about a Musicians Friend Clearance Center, and he offered to meet me there and show me around, then go out for dinner. I rolled up around 3PM, and was stunned by this place. Everything from brand new discounted overstock to busted up firewood in one huge store. Amazing. Anyway, when I was cruising the "everything in this area is guaranteed to be broken" section, I came upon a G-K MB150E-III 1x12 combo amid all the busted up Drive and Rogue amps. It looked like new, and had a price tag of $387 with the comment that it had a blown speaker. Hmmm. Thats cheap. OK, I look around the store some more, and then decided to check the G-K out. My friend suggested I take a close look at it, since items can often be found that only require very minor repairs - he's bought a few g****r combos at deep discount that had loose wires as the only problem. First we grabbed a Lakland fiver, plugged in a set of headphones and powered the combo up. No problem - I'm getting sound, EQ, chorus and OD. The low B is a little farty, though. Then we unplugged the cans and tried the internal speaker. Uh-oh - no sound. Wait - these have an internal speaker switch, don't they? I flipped it around and looked at the back panel - there it was, and the internal was off. Click. Now we're getting reasonable volume out of the thing, but it's still farting. I wonder if the battery in the Lakland is going flat? So we grabbed a passive five of some flavor. Viola - no farting, even with the bass EQ dimed. Things are starting to look pretty good, right? So, I decide it's worth the gamble. I was ready to pay the full $387 when my friend stopped me and told me that they negotiate freely. So, we spent some time discussing strategy, and thought it might be best if I went in way too low, like at $275. We figured they would counter, and maybe I could get it for $325 or so - which would be a great price for a new MB150E (they're currently on sale at MF for $825.). At the last minute we decided to simply ask them for their best price. I talk to one of the sales guys, and he looked it up on the computer - it was already under cost, so he couldnt do anything, but he offered to call over his manager. The manager was a nice guy. I showed him the amp and asked him what his best price would be. He thought a second, and offered it to me for... Wait for it... $199. So, $199 plus tax on the MF charge, and I had a brand new MicroBass combo to drag home. The beer tasted really good after that. The lil mother even fits in the overhead bin of a MD-80! Major props to my friend for showing me the Clearance Center and cajoling me into dickering price! Eat your hearts out.