Just got my long awaited Walter Woods Super. Never really even saw a WW before, so I was coming into this not knowing what to expect. My first impression of the WW is that it's a very classic American industrial design. It reminds me of other great American products like a McIntosh power amp, or a 1960's Electrolux vacuum, a Kitchen Aid dishwasher or a Harley. There's something very "built to last" retro and stylish about it, enhanced by its use of chrome and its overbuilt nature. It has an offbeat, hand-made style and at the same time, a finely crafted hand-tooled feel. Additionally, it's the only musical instrument product I've gotten in recent memory that is flawlessly executed, with no imperfections at all, no matter how slight. And I notice those things! I ran my S&D DB with a Full Circle pickup right into both a new AI Focus 2 or the WW. The cabinet was an LDS 2x8 3way. The differences between the two amps are not great. Playing by myself, the Focus is thicker, may be darker sounding and somehow doesn't seem as quick. The WW is more revealing and more responsive. These are not big differences. A larger difference came when I played on the upper two strings or anywhere in the upper register. The WW allows my DB to 'sing' more. The notes sustain longer and sound more like my DB without amplification. You can play more expressively as each little inflection comes across just as you intend it. That seems to make you want to add even more inflection and subtlety and play more musically. This responsiveness or speed was readily apparent in a band setting. I never got lost in the mix and the amp seemed to track just what I was intending every time. My dynamics and inflections were always there, just as I wanted them to be, and more than I remember having while in a band setting. I'm not sure how big a difference this was to others, but I noticed it often. Interestingly, the guitarist heard me practicing when he came in the room and from 20 feet away he said that he never heard my bass sound so good. This was before he saw the WW. A few other notes. Once I understood the tone controls, I found them to be the best I've yet used. They seem to be really dialed in for DB and I was able to get the sound I wanted with very minor adjustments. I never quite got that sound with the Focus even with much more tone control fiddling. Also, there's plenty of gain for a direct connected piezo pickup. I was really hoping the Focus would be the overall winner in this test. Ai is a great company, easy to buy from and costs less. The WW is harder to buy and more expensive. (I guess you win some and lose some - my last big test had the cheaper and easier to buy LDS 2x8 come out ahead of the EA VL208.) Now I know why musicians line up to get a WW.