I don't like transparent coz they're too hard to find..... Ahem, sorry, couldn't help myself. I've been reading some of the recent threads touching on this subject and been confronted with my ignorance. Also I listened to the tracks on the celinder site and was suprised at the difference between the sound of their bass solo'd, and the way the same sound sat in a mix. Specifically I'd like to hear your experiences of what works (on stage, not recording) and why you think it does the business. For myself I've been using a modifed SVT410hlf. When I set it up on my own I've pulled some sounds from it that I really liked. I've never managed to achieve the same satisfaction with it at a rehearsal or a gig, despite enuff knob twiddling to damage my eyesight.... The best stage sound I've ever had has been in a large room with a big (for the room) pa, using a couple of 2x10 cabs. The midrange bark of the 2x10s combined with the lows off the back of the pa made for a brilliant stage sound. The same cabs sound decidedly ordinary on their own, not a patch on the svt. So I'm thinking about upgrading from the ampeg and am a little unsure about which way to head. I must admit to being attracted to the cabs that claim to be engineered to sound good on a stage, usually a difficult accoustic environment. So let's hear it, what works for you and why?