Guys, I have to tell you a long story that Im sure a lot of you, expecially the European guys, will find interesting. Its about how I discovered a new sonic dimension thanks to the TFB550 amp and the Accugroove Tri 112L cabinet. You know Im the guy who launched on TalkBass the Aguilar AG500 vs. Thunderfunk thread: Im a city guy, I play mostly in small clubs and I need to travel light; I had a MarkBass Little Mark combo and it worked fine but ... you know the story ...a lot of you, bad boys, turned my GAS on! So I refined my search to this two amps and lauch the thread because I wanted to collect as many opinions as possible on these products before to take my final decision. I live in Italy and like many European guys I suffer the lack of good gear, the high prices, and the tremendous amount of ignorance you usually experience in european stores: thats why I decided to buy blindfold from the States. I must say that Im so lucky to have a resource that other Europeans dont have: I live 20 Km. far from a U.S. Army Military Base and I have some american friends there, so I usually buy my stuff directly from the States and have it shipped to a friend at the Base. The result of this operation is that I pay exactly the same shipping as to the lower 48 States and NO LOCAL DUTIES OR TAXES!!! At the end I choose to buy directly from Dave a TFB550 plus an Accugroove Tri112L with the special pricing offered for Thunderfunk & Accugroove packages. Dave is a dream seller: he answered to all my e-mails very quickly, he arranged shipping to the Military Address in a perfect way (although it was his first experience with this kind of shipment) ... perfectly bubble-wrapped and packed, the amp was in my hands within 5 days!!! Mark provided the cabinet but unfortunately there was a mistake at his local Post Office and the cab was sent by ship instead of by plane: it took 2 months but at the end it arrived in perfect conditions and I pay just $ 43,00 for the shipment ... not too bad for a >50 lbs. package coming from California! And now lets go to my first impressions of this little rig. I plug in my One & Only Sadowsky NYC 4 strings and I connect everything with Euphonic Audio cables. The amp: Well built, light as a feather, loud as hell but first and foremost an incredible well-voiced amp: so musical, so warm yet so clear across all the frequency spectrum. I have the Switch option (for $ 75,00 is better to have it) and although very subtle YES it changes the sound to the less coloured side ... definitely a useful feature for slappers. But what I really like is the classic Thunderfunk tone: warm, fat, deep and punchy. Just plug in, give a little tweaking at the Enhance control, a drop of Timbre control and youre istantly in the Growl Heaven! The cab: I choose Accugrove for the cabinet just because Dave reccomends it. Thats pretty logical to me: once I decided to trust into his work I have to use the cabinet he claims to be the best with his amp. I was shocked to see how extremely well built the Tri112L is! Very solid yet very light, easy to carry around thanks to his recessed handles. It has on the back separate volume knobs for the mid speaker and the tweeters ... you can tune your system to perfection! It comes with a very nice protective padded cover. And now lets match em: The match is incredible: theres sure some magic into it! Now you can really understand the Accugroove phylosophy. The key word? NATURAL! The sound comes out in an effortless, natural way, it seems pouring from the ceiling and coming from all around you. Its hard for me to describe it cause English isnt my native language, but I feel like Im into a vaporous cloud of sound! Ive always loved the way my Sadowsky sounds unplugged and for the very first time, thanks to this rig, I hear the PUREST translation of that sound. I want only add that Dave Funk and Mark Wright sure know how to do their jobs and it was a pleasure to deal with them. Thanks to them I had the opportunity to enjoy their products at the same price an american guy can. Im really satisfied because I give my money directly to the manufacturers: I tried to do this everytime I can ... its the best way to get great products with First Class customer service and 1st hand information. So, what else to say? Sadowsky plus Thunderfunk plus Accugroove ... Im in the Bass Paradise!!!!