Acoustic Image Clarus: Purchased from Bass NW. Amazing little
amp. 300w and can handle down to 2 OHms at only like 5lbs or so. Great
for small gigs, jazz, etc. Clean, sweet sounding, even use it for keys.
Aguilar GS-112: Purchased from Bass NW. I got 2 of these babies after
I got sick of the Bag End 15" Cabinet "our sound is totally
flat but the bass rolls off at like 40Hz". I'd personally rather
hear some serious fundamental. Bergantino was too "clean" for
my taste, and ACME/EA were too hi-fi, same with Epifini. Aguilar seems
to add just enough booty to make it thick, and I like it chunky. They
handle a good amount of power, and while talking with Aguilar, he told
me they designed the 1x12" (when using 2 of them) to have more depth
that the 2x12". Go figure. All in all, great cabs.
Aguilar DB-680: Purchased on Ebay used. Amazing preamp - warm yet
defined. Very flexible - I can't imagine ever needing MORE. Makes the
MTD really sing, keeps the brittle blues away. Guess that's what 10 tubes
Aguilar DB-728: Purchased used at Bass NW. You would seriously
not believe what a difference a poweramp can make in your tone. I a/b'ed
my old Stewart 2.1 World (2100w solid state) against this monster (400w
tube) and the tonal differences were overwhelming. Think power is power?
Nope. Both had a great tone, but the Stewart sounded midrangey and tigher
than you would believe. The Aguilar sounds smooth, fat, and buttery. I
picked #2, and I've never been sorry - well, cept when i'm lugging around
the 115lb SKB case that holds the gear. Ugh.