I thought I would share my current GAS phase with everyone. I'm looking (fantasizing- whatever) at getting a new bass rig to upgrade from my Workingman's 10. I am wholeheartedly aboard the 'one-trip' trend. My ideal setup would be an integrated head that I could sling over my shoulder or maybe even into a generous gig bag pocket, my bass, cables, music, small tuner, etc, and a 1x12 in one hand. This might even leave me one had free to open doors or hold sodas or whatever a freehand might like to do. Just imagine... anywho, here are the contestants for 'mini' heads that I've rounded up: The venerable Eden Traveler series: http://www.eden-electronics.com/amps.html They are comparatively expensive new, but are said to have a distinctly warm and appealing tone. Needless to say, Eden has a huge following and also its detractors that feel the tone is muddy or to grunty. Although it has a higher price new than the others, there is also a much large used market for this piece. Many pros use this rig and swear by the Eden Sound. The Mesa Boogie Walkabout: http://www.mesaboogie.com/Product_Info/Bass_Amps/walkabout/WalkAbout2.html A genuinely small and light 300 watt head that even crams in two actual tubes into its diminutive size. There isn't much about this guy in the archives or on the web. What's the street price like, how does it sound in a small jazz situation, etc? Are the tubes a gimmick or do they add cream to the sound? I like the eq options and the general aesthetics of it, too. The Acoustic Image Clarus: http://www.acousticimg.com/clarus1.html Available in either a 300 or 600 version, including a model with digital reverb. Ideas on this guy for electric usually have some tint like: 'Great for upright, and not too bad for electric either.' Well, though I might play my upright in a gig situation sometimes, I'm primarily interested in using this with my Cirrus. Some combine a True Blue EQ or an NE-1 or a SansAmp with it. Yes, that would add an extra piece to lug, but the Clarus is the smallest and is also cheaper (new) than the Eden, so maybe an extra box wouldn't be too much of a burden. This is the same amp section as the Contra combo uses. The Contra has scored tons of positive reviews (again, mostly for upright), so I'm guessing the Clarus is pretty solid kit, too. Then there is the new Ampeg PortaBass: http://www.ampeg.com/products.htm?product=76&catid=13 There is basically nothing at all on the web about these and only a quick mention of the PortaBass cabs here on TB. Ampeg has a small 250W version and a slightly less small 800W version. I'm not sure if anyone in the general public has had a chance to play these guys yet, and I bet this is the first time some of you have even heard about the head. Finally, Walter Woods: An expensive, wonderful, backlogged and mysterious amp that I used to hear all about on the 2XBASS listserv. I'm not sure what the used market is like for these, or what current models are available, but I have only heard good things about the sound. Unless anyone thinks otherwise my (low/medium volume, jazz combo, small room) needs probably won't exceed 300 watts, and the Traveler 300 is 300 watts, so is the Walkabout, so is the Clarus, and the PortaBass is 250. Not sure about the WWs, except to say I've seen an old 100W version on eBay and read about an 800W option, also. So I am interested in your opinion and feedback on mostly the tone, sound, and also construction, reliability, coolness, etc. of any of the above amps. I also want to know if there are other products out there that are similar to the ones above. After I choose the perfect compact head I will then day dream about the perfect 1x12 to accompany it. Has Bass Player done any shootouts of this nature? I know everyone has mixed opinions on them, but the shootouts do at least describe products that we might not have the opportunity to try firsthand ourselves. Also, I just want to let everyone know how much I've been enjoying TalkBass, I've only posted a few times, but I read regularly at work. By this time next week I will be a supporting member! Oh, and what would a used Workingman's 10 in very good condition generally garner on the used market?