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I am an attorney by day, but that's really just my "backup gig" in case this whole "musician thing" doesn't work out. ;^) I was been blessed with the opportunity to write freelance reviews for Guitar World's Bass Guitar Magazine, and I contributed regularly from the Spring of 2006 up until Bass Guitar Magazine's demise. This was, in itself, a dream come true, and an opportunity for which I am truly grateful. But this was a stepping stone to bigger and better things, and I am now the Editor-in-Chief of Bass Gear Magazine ( Our first issue came out in August of 2008, and we are now the leading bass review magazine, worldwide. Of course, on the topic of my true blessings, I have a wife and two kids, all of whom I greatly adore, so my time for music/bass/songwriting/performing, and yes, even the occasional practicing, is not infinite. Nevertheless, I really enjoy my time spent playing bass, writing and recording songs, and just getting to "play" with all that great gear! This blog is a result of these external interests...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tom's Gear For Sale!

It may come as a surprise to some of you that I would even consider selling anything, but the truth of the matter is that I do have a finite amount of space (and not-infinite resources!), so every now and then, something has to go. This is a list of gear that I might sell. I reserve the right to change my mind at any point, so if you see something you really like, hopefully you'll catch me in the right mood. ;^] Once I commit to a sale, though, I will of course follow through.

Here's the gear that I may be tempted to let go for one reason or another:


Ampeg PF-500
Carvin BX500
EA iAMP 200
EA iAMP 350
EA iAMP 600
EBS Reidmar
Gallien-Krueger MB500
Hartke HA5500
Hughes & Kettner B.A.T.T
Markbass Big Bang
Markbass Classic 300
Markbass MoMark (3 systems)
Music Man Audiophile HD-500
Phil Jones Bass M-300
Traynor YBA200
Tube Works RT-2100


Demeter VTBP-201
EBS MicroBass II
Hughes & Kettner B.A.T.T
Hughes & Kettner Tubeman
ISP Technologies Beta Bass Processor
Radial Bassbone
Skjold Pro Sound prototype tube preamp (two)
Stewart UDP-1a

Power Amps:

Ashdown PM 600
Crest CA9 (two)
Mesa/Boogie M-190 (tube amp)
Stewart World 2.1


Accugroove Tri 208
Accugroove Tri 115L
Accugroove Whappo, Jr.
Ampeg PF-115HE
Ashdown Mini15 (two)
Ashdown Mini48 (two)
Azola Super Wizzy 2x12 (two)
Bag End S12E-C (blemished; for sale/trade cheap)
Bergantino custom 1x15 sub's (two)
Bergantino AE210
Bergantino HS210
Bergantino HS410
Bergantino HT115 (two)
Bergantino HT210 (two)
Bergantino HT310 (two)
EA NM-410
EA Wizzy (two)
Gallien-Krueger Neo410
Glockenklang 6-Box (6x10)
Hevos Midget (4 ohm)
ISP Technologies Bass Vector 115 (1,000w powered cab)
Markbass CL108
Markbass NYC 604 (two)
Mesa/Boogie Diesel Powerhouse Jr. (1x12, 4x8)
Mesa/Boogie Traditional Powerhouse PH810
Music Man HD-210
Music Man HD-212
Patterson Audio/LDS 2x8's (two, 2-way)
Peavey 1820 (for sale locally)
Phil Jones Bass 4B (two)
SWR Henry the 8x8 
Trace Elliot 1048H
Trace Elliot 2103H
Trace Elliot 1x10 (two; one with tweeter)
Wayne Jones 2x10 (two)
Yamaha BBT110S (two)


Trace Elliot BLX 150

Electric Basses:

B.C. Rich Warlock (USA Custom)
Carvin SB4000
Danelectro Baritone
DeArmond Pilot 5 Deluxe (w/ upgraded electronics)
Fender Jazz (1973)
Gibson Thunderbird Nikki Sixx Signature
Gibson SB Standard Bass
Gibson Ripper II
Gretsch 5123B Electromatic
Ibanez USA Custom ATK 4-string
Ibanez Road Star II DB 680
Jerzy Drozd Excellency V
Kala Acoustic-Electric U-Bass (solid mahogany; fretless)
Kala Solid Body 5-String U-Bass (fretless)
Schecter Stiletto Diamond Series 8-string
Tobias (Burbank era) Basic 4, #1992
Tobias Killer-B 4, #2019
Yamaha BB2025x

Bowlus Bass Borg (gear in the 'collective')


Acoustic Image Clarus SL
Aguilar DB 750
Ampeg Micro-VR (two)
Ampeg PF-500 (possibly for sale/trade)
Ampeg PF-50T
Ampeg SVT ('74)
Ampeg SVT-7Pro
Ampeg SVT-8Pro (USA-made)
Ampeg V-4B ('75)
Ampeg V-4B ('14)
Ashdown Labs Superfly
Bergantino B|Amp
Carvin B1500
Carvin BX500 (possibly for sale/trade)
Darkglass Microtubes 500
Darkglass Microtubes 900
Demeter Bass-400
Demeter VTBP-M-800D
EA iAMP 200 (possibly for sale/trade)
EA iAMP 350 (possibly for sale/trade)
EA iAMP 500 (possibly for sale/trade)
EA iAMP 600 (possibly for sale/trade)
EA iAMP 800 (possibly for sale/trade)
EBS Reidmar (possibly for sale/trade)
EBS Reidmar 750
Eden VT-300
Eden WT-405
Epiphone Valve Jr
Fender 800 Pro
Fender 400PS (getting refurb'd)
Gallien-Krueger 700RB-II
Gallien-Krueger 2001RB
Gallien-Krueger Fusion 550
Gallien-Krueger MB200
Gallien-Krueger MB500 (possibly for sale/trade)
Gallien-Krueger MB800
Gallien-Krueger MB Fusion 800
Genzler Magellan 800
Glockenklang Bass Art Classic
Glockenklang Blue Soul
Glockenklang Heart-Core (possibly for sale/trade)
Hartke HA5500 (for sale/trade)
Hartke LH1000
Hughes & Kettner B.A.T.T (possibly for sale/trade)
Markbass Big Bang (possibly for sale/trade)
Markbass Classic 300 (possibly for sale/trade)
Markbass F500
Markbass LMII
Markbass MoMark (3 systems; for sale/trade)
Markbass Studio Pre 500
Mesa/Boogie Bass 400
Mesa/Boogie D-180
Mesa/Boogie WalkAbout (three)
Mesa/Boogie Fathom (M6 Carbine)
Mesa/Boogie Titan V-12
Mesa/Boogie Prodigy
Mesa/Boogie Strategy
Mesa/Boogie Subway D-800
Mesa/Boogie Subway D-800+
Music Man Audiophile HD-500 (possibly for sale/trade)
Orange AD200B/MK3
Orange Terror Bass 500
Peavey Classic 400
Peavey MiniMega
Phil Jones Bass M-300 (for sale/trade)
Phil Jones Bass M-500
Reeves Custom 225
Reiner Studio 1200
Reiner VHF700
Sadowsky SA200
SWR Electric Blue (modded to Baby Blue II specs; possibly for sale/trade)
TC Electronic BH250
TC Electronic RH750
TecAmp Puma 900
Trace Elliot AH1200SM
Trace Elliot ELF
Trace Elliot Twin Valve
Trace Elliot V8
Trace Elliot VA400
Trace Elliot V-Type 600H (possibly for sale/trade)
Traynor YBA-200 (possibly for sale/trade)
Traynor YBA-300
Trickfish Bullhead .5k
Tube Works RT-2100-ES (for sale/trade)
Walter Woods Ultra


Acoustic Image Flex Pre
Aguilar DB659
ART Tube MP Studio
Demeter HBP-1
Demeter VTBP-201 (possibly for sale/trade)
Demeter VTBP-201s
EBS MicroBass II (possibly for sale/trade)
EBS ValveDrive (pedal)
Eden Navigator
Fender TBP-1 (possibly for sale/trade)
Gallien-Krueger PLEX
Hughes & Kettner B.A.T.T (possibly for sale/trade)
Hughes & Kettner Tubeman (possibly for sale/trade)
ISP Technologies Beta Bass Processor (possibly for sale/trade)
Jule Amps Monique
Kern IP-777
Mesa/Boogie Subway Bass DI/Preamp
Millennia TD-1
Peavey TMP-1
Phil Jones Bass Buddy
Phil Jones Bass P-1
PreSonus TubePre
Radial Bassbone (possibly for sale/trade)
Radial Bassbone V2
Raven Labs MDB-1
Skjold Pro Sound prototype tube preamp (two; possibly for sale/trade)
Stewart UDP-1a (two; one for sale/trade)
Summit Audio TD-100
The Low End custom 2-channel 12AX7 True Voice (table top)
Trace Elliot Transit-B
Trace Elliot TVT9 (guitar preamp, but sounds great on bass!)
Trace Elliot V-Type Pre
Tube Works Blue Tube (rackmount)
Warwick Jonas Hellborg Preamp

Power Amps:

Acoustic Image Focus SA
Aguilar DB 728 (tube amp)
Ashdown PM 600 (for sale/trade)
Crest CA9 (three; two possibly for sale/trade)
Crown XLS 602
Demeter Minnie 800D
Demeter VTHF-300M (tube amp)
Eden WT-1000
Mesa/Boogie M-190 (tube amp; possibly for sale/trade)
Phil Jones Bass M-5000
Stewart World 2.1 (possibly for sale/trade)
Trace Elliot VR350 (tube amp)
Warwick Jonas Helborg MP 500


Accugroove Tri 208 (for sale/trade)
Accugroove Tri 115L (possibly for sale/trade)
Accugroove Whappo, Jr. (possibly for sale/trade)
Acoustic Image Flex Cab
Ampeg B-40 ('75)
Ampeg PF-115HE (possibly for sale/trade)
Ampeg SVT-210AV (four)
Ampeg SVT-212AV
Ampeg SVT-810E
Ashdown Mini15 (two; for sale/trade)
Ashdown Mini48 (two; for sale/trade)
AudioKinesis Changeling 112T (two)
AudioKinesis Hathor 1203 (two)
AudioKinesis Hathor 1855
AudioKinesis TC112AF
AudioKinesis TC115AF (Wide Body)
Azola Super Wizzy 2x12 (two; possibly for sale/trade)
Baer Amps ML-112 (two)
Bag End D12-D
Bag End S12E-C (blemished; for sale/trade cheap)
Bergantino custom 1x15 sub's (two; for sale/trade)
Bergantino custom 3x8
Bergantino AE112 (two)
Bergantino AE210 (two; one possibly for sale/trade)
Bergantino AE410
Bergantino CN212
Bergantino EX112 (possibly for sale/trade)
Bergantino EX115
Bergantino HG310 (two)
Bergantino HD212
Bergantino HS210 (possibly for sale/trade)
Bergantino HS410 (possibly for sale/trade)
Bergantino HT110 (two)
Bergantino HT112 (possibly for sale/trade)
Bergantino HT112 ER (two)
Bergantino HT115 (two; possibly for sale/trade)
Bergantino HT210 (two; possibly for sale/trade)
Bergantino HT310 (two; possibly for sale/trade)
Bergantino HT322
Bergantino IP112 (powered cab w/ DSP)
Bergantino IP153 (powered cab w/ DSP)
Bergantino IP212 (powered cab w/ DSP)
Bergantino IP310 (powered cab w/ DSP)
Bergantino NV115 (two)
Bergantino NV215
Bergantino NV412
Bergantino NV610
Carvin LS1503 (two)
Demeter 1x12 (fliptop)
Demeter 1x12 (non-fliptop)
EA iL-110
EA NL-210 (two)
EA NM-410 (possibly for sale/trade)
EA VL-108 (two)
EA VL-110 (two)
EA VL-208 (three; one 4-ohm)
EA Wizzy (two; possibly for sale/trade)
EA Wizzy 10 (two)
fEarful 15/6/1
fEarful 12/6cube/1
Gallien-Krueger Neo112-II
Gallien-Krueger Neo212-II
Gallien-Krueger Neo410 (possibly for sale/trade)
Genzler BA12-3 (three)
Genzler BA12-3 SLT
Glockenklang 6-Box (6x10; two; one for sale/trade)
Glockenklang Double (2x12; two)
Glockenklang Duo (2x10)
Glockenklang Duo Wedge (2x10)
Glockenklang Space Deluxe (1x12)
Glockenklang Take 5 (4x10)
Hartke VX810 (for sale/trade)
Hevos Midget (4 ohm)(possibly for sale/trade)
ISP Technologies Bass Vector 115 (1,000w powered cab)(possibly for sale/trade)
Markbass CL108 (possibly for sale/trade)
Markbass NYC 604 (two; possibly for sale)
Mesa/Boogie Diesel 4x10 (Deep version)
Mesa/Boogie Diesel Powerhouse Jr. (1x12, 4x8)(possibly for sale/trade)
Mesa/Boogie Diesel 2x15 EV
Mesa/Boogie Powerhouse PH210
Mesa/Boogie Powerhouse PH212
Mesa/Boogie Powerhouse PH610
Mesa/Boogie Scout 1x12 (three)
Mesa/Boogie Subway 112 (two)
Mesa/Boogie Subway 115
Mesa/Boogie Subway 210
Mesa/Boogie Traditional Powerhouse PH410
Mesa/Boogie Traditional Powerhouse PH810 (possibly for sale)
Michael Arnopol Soundworks MAS-210Flex
Michael Arnopol Soundworks MAS-66/110
Music Man HD-210 (possibly for sale/trade)
Music Man HD-212 (possibly for sale/trade)
Orange OBC-410
Orange OBC-115 (two)
Orange SP410 (neo drivers)
Orange SP212 (neo drivers)
Orange SP210 (neo drivers)
Patterson Audio/LDS 2x8's (two, 2-way) (possibly for sale/trade)
Peavey 1820 (for sale locally)
Phil Jones Bass 4B (two; for sale/trade)
Phil Jones Bass Neo-Power 8B (two)
Phil Jones PB-300 (250w powered 6x5)
Reeves 4x10 (sealed)
Sadowsky SA210
Sadowsky SA410 (two)
SWR Henry the 8x8 (for sale/trade)
TecAmp S212 Classic
Trace Elliot 4052H (4x5 "Bright Box")
Trace Elliot 1048H (possibly for sale/trade)
Trace Elliot 1153 (two)
Trace Elliot 1524
Trace Elliot 2103H (possibly for sale/trade)
Trace Elliot 1x10 (two; one with tweeter; possibly for sale/trade)
Trace Elliot custom 1x12 (made by Steve Azola from the cab portion of a Twin Valve Combo)
Trace Elliot ELF 2x8 (two)
Trace Elliot ELF 1x10 (two)
Trickfish Small Mouth 210 (two)
Wayne Jones 2x10 (two; possibly for sale/trade)
Wayne Jones WJ110 pair (one powered, one slave)
Yamaha BBT110S (two; possibly for sale/trade)


AER amp one
Ampeg B-15N ('66)
Euphonic Audio iAMP 350 Combo (1x10)
Fender Bassman TV 12
Fender RAD Bass
Ibanez Promethean P5210
Mesa/Boogie WalkAbout Scout 1x12 (three)
Phil Jones Flightcase BG-150
Phil Jones Roadcase BG-800
Pignose B-100v (1x15)
SWR Baby Blue II
SWR Super Redhead
Trace Elliot BLX 150 (for sale/trade)
Trace Elliot Twin Valve Combo (two; one 1x15 and one 1x12)

Electric Basses:

AC Guitars Recurve Type-S 5
AC Guitars Graft Finn 4 (possibly for sale/trade)
Acoustic Black Widow
Alpher Cobia 4
Aquilina Shelby 5
Aria Pro II ZZB Custom
B.C. Rich Warlock (USA Custom; for sale/trade)
Carvin SB4000 (possibly for sale/trade)
Carvin PB5
Celinder J-Update 4
Celinder J-Update 5
Celinder Vintage Precision 4
Curbow Custom Jazz 5 Fretless
Danelectro Baritone (possibly for sale/trade)
DeArmond Pilot 5 Deluxe (w/ upgraded electronics)(possibly for sale/trade)
Dingwall Afterburner 4 (NAMM prototype)
Dingwall D-Bird
Dingwall Z3
Drake Model 7 (4-string)
Drake 32" Scale J-Bass
Epiphone El Capitan
Epiphone Viola Bass
F Bass 40th Anniversary P/J 4
F Bass BN4
F Bass BN5
F Bass Studio 5
F Bass VFP4 (possibly for sale/trade)
F Bass VF5
Fender Mod Shop Jazz Bass
Fender Steve Harris Precision Bass
Fender Jazz (1973)(possibly for sale/trade)
Fender Precision (1974)(possibly for sale/trade)
Fender Hollowbody Precision A/E (MIJ; with upgrades)
Fender Power Jazz Bass Special
Fibenare Globe 5 Bolt-On
Fodera Emperor 5 Standard
Fodera Monarch 4 Custom
Gibson Explorer
Gibson Thunderbird IV
Gibson Thunderbird Nikki Sixx Signature (possibly for sale)
Gibson SB Standard Bass (possibly for sale)
Gibson Grabber II (Limited Edition; possibly for sale)
Gibson Victory Custom
Gold Tone M-Bass25
Gretsch 5123B Electromatic (possibly for sale/trade)
Groove Shoppe 5 (custom)
Guild Pilot
Ibanez ATK750KOA
Ibanez USA Custom ATK 4-string (possibly for sale/trade)
Ibanez Mikro
Ibanez Road Star II DB 680 (possibly for sale/trade)
Jerzy Drozd Excellency V (possibly for sale)
Journey Instruments OB660P1 Carbon Fiber Acoustic Bass
Kala Acoustic-Electric U-Bass (solid mahogany; fretless)(possibly for sale/trade)
Kala Solid Body 5-String U-Bass (fretless)(possibly for sale/trade)
Ken Lawrence Associate 5 (possibly for sale/trade)
Kinal Kompact S (solid body; short scale)
Lakland Skyline 44-64 Custom (fka Duck Dunn Signature Model)
Lakland Skyline DJ-4 (Aero pickups)
Lotus 4-string (my first bass!)
Marleaux Consat 5 (neck-through)
Marleaux Consat 4 RTW
Marleaux Consat Soprano
MTD 435-24 (mahogany/quilted maple/maple/ebony)
MTD 535-24 (chambered alder/water cured redwood/maple/blistered ebony; Marilyn #3)
MTD 535-24 (makore body, ebony tope, flamed ash & white wenge neck, birdseye maple board)
MTD Saratoga 4 (alder body, maple neck, birdseye maple board)
Nordstrand 'Nordy' vJ5 (alder/rosewood)
Nordstrand 'Nordy' vJ5 (ash/maple)
Pedulla MVP4
Pedulla Nuance 4-string
Pedulla Pentabuzz (possibly for sale/trade)
PRS Electric Bass
Reverend Rumblefish XL
Rob Allen Mouse 30 (fretless)
Sadowsky P/J 5
Sadowsky Will Lee Model 4-string
Schecter Stiletto Diamond Series 8-string (for sale/trade)
Skjold Custom 5
Skjold Exotic Custom 4
Skjold Exotic Custom 5 (fretless)
Skjold Lion's Pride 5, Type A
Skjold Lion's Pride 5, Type B
Skjold Skjoldslayer 4 (with bottle opener!)
Skjold JP Zia 5
Smith Creek Mandolin Christopher DBG
Squier VM Precision TB
Squier VM Telecaster Bass Special
Squier by Fender '62 Jazz Bass Reissue (1983, early CIJ)
Sterling by Music Man Ray34CA
Tobias (Burbank era) Basic 4, #1992 (possibly for sale/trade)
Tobias (pre-Gibson) Basic 5, # 766 - Jimmy Haslip model
Tobias Killer-B 4, #2019 (possibly for sale/trade)
Tom Clement 4-string (fretless)
Wilkins Cheyenne 5
Wyn 5-string
Yamaha BB2025x (possibly for sale)
Yamaha TRBX504

Upright Bass:

1950's Kay C-1, with Barbera Bridge Transducer pickup

Monday, March 21, 2011

See more from me at

If you are wondering why all the posts on this blog are so out of date, it is because I have been devoting the lion's share of my "free time" to Bass Gear Magazine. This is a magazine which I founded after Guitar World stopped publishing Bass Guitar Magazine (I wrote reviews for them prior to their demise).

Bass Gear Magazine is available in both a high quality print form and also an online digital form (for free!). We have some excellent staff, and we perform out own independent, detailed bench testing. Check us out at

Tom Bowlus

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Skjold Lion's Pride Model-A

Here are some shots of my latest Skjold (thanks, Juneau!). It is a Lion's Pride Model-A, with an ash body, redwood top, 3-piece maple neck, figured maple board with redwood blocks, Skjold SD-1 pickups set in the '70's Jazz position, and a custom East/Skjold Deluxe preamp.

I am going to pick it up at Pete's new digs when he moves to Ohio next week.

I'm sure I will post more when I get it my own hands. Man, I can't wait!

I'm really anxious to check out my custom East preamp, too. I had asked Pete if it was possible to get his Deluxe preamp set up vol/vol, but still retain the option to switch to series mode. In series mode, the two pickups act as one big pickup, so you can't have vol/vol. But here's were John East got really slick. You switch to series mode by pulling up on the first volume knob, which then becomes your master volume (and the 2nd vol is inactive in series mode). Slick!


Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Winter NAMM 2008

Okay, who else is going to the NAMM show in Anaheim this January? I will be out there (mostly on Friday and Saturday), and I hope to meet up with some of my friends in the industry as well as my fellow bass-playing buds. Feel free to send me an e-mail or PM if you are going to be out there.

There is a Bass Bash at J.T. Schmidts both Thursday night and Friday night, and I expect to be there both nights (though later on Thursday).

Take care, Tom.

Edit [1/30/2008]
Well, NAMM and the Bass Bash were both just great! I really enjoyed meeting and hanging out with my friends from, and of course checking out all that gear was just great!

I'll have extensive coverage of the show in the inaugural issue of Bass Gear Magazine, a new (obviously gear-related) magazine, of which I am the Editor-in-Chief. :^) Stay tuned for more details...

Thursday, August 23, 2007

The 1x15 Shootout

One day, I looked around and thought to myself, "Dang, I've got, like, a bunch of 1x15's!" and so another shootout was born.

First things first. I know that people would love to see detailed measurements, as well as retail/MAP/used pricing, 'double blind' testing, and I know that there are always additional brands/models that people would like to see included in the shootout. Well, to those folks, I should probably apologize now, because that ain't all gonna happen. I'll do my best though, but I have somewhat of a 'format' down for my 'shootouts', and I'll likely stick to that format.

Speaking of that format, here are some quick links to prior shootouts:

1x8/1x10 Shootout
1x12 Shootout
2x10 Shootout
Combo Shootout
Mini Cab Combo Shootout

I should also clarify that with the exception of the Skjold/Dr. Bass cab, these are all my own personal cabs. If someone wants to send me something else to compare/contrast against the bunch, I certainly wouldn't mind, but for now, I am just working with what I have on hand.

Also, please note that I am predominantly a fingerstyle player, and I tend to favor the neck pickup (FWIW). I do, however, move my hand around a bit when doing these tests, and I also do attempt to explore the slap/pop tones (though my no means would I call myself a slap/pop player). I did not break out a pick for this shootout, but now that I think about it, maybe I will start doing that. The test bass was - as always - my trusty Skjold Custom 5. Amplification was provided by a Crest CA9, fed by a Millennia TD-1.

Okay, with no further delay, here is a rundown of the contestants (in alphabetical order):

Accugroove Tri 115L - 1x15 (neo), 1x6", 2 soft dome tweeters, 500w, 8 ohm, 38Hz to 18kHz, 101 dB, 42 lbs, 21.25" H x 24.75" W x 18.25" D

Ashdown Mini15 - 1x15 (ceramic), 300w, 8 ohm, 41Hz to 4kHz, 20 kg, 474mm H x 474mm W x 335mm D

Bergantino HT115 - 1x15 (ceramic), tweeter, 400w, 8 ohm,

Epifani T/UL-115 - 1x15 (neo), tweeter, 400w, 8 ohm, 38Hz to 16kHz, 100dB, 43 lbs, 21.50" H x 23" W x 17.75" D [note: these specs are for the current UL-115]

Glockenklang Tedd - 1x15 (ceramic), 1x6", 600w, 8 ohm, 100 dB, 31 kg, 655mm H x 550mm W x 455mm D

Orange OBC-115 - 1x15 (ceramic), 400w, 8 ohm, 30 kg, 620mm H x 510mm W x 460mm D

Skjold/Dr. Bass 1x15 - 1x15" (ceramic), 1x6", tweeter, 4 ohm [prototype - trying to get more specs]

Trace Elliot 1153 - 1x15 (ceramic), 200w, 8 ohm, 32Hz to 5 kHz, 49 lbs, 20" H x 24.2" W x 17.1" D

Trace Elliot 1518C - 1x15 (ceramic?), 300w, 8 ohm, 30Hz to 5 kHz, 100 dB, 46 lbs, 20" H x 24.2" W x 17.1" D

And here are some pics:

Another perspective:

And a flash shot (to show off that red baffle board! ):

So, here is my take on these cabs:

Accugroove Tri 115L - Very clear, articulate, and smooth. Very 'open' sounding. The high end is not as bright as some of the other tweeter-equipped cabs, but not really lacking, either, just a different character. Mids, overall, are full and smooth, with a little less low mid punch, and a litter more upper mid presence. The low B has a nice 'growl' to it, though it is not as full in the lows/low mids as the HT115. You definitely want to use this cab without the casters (it needs the coupling to fill in the low end a bit). Overall, very smooth, detailed, but not aggressive, and kinda 'laid back.'

Ashdown Mini15 - Impressively full sounding for its size, though not as full as most of the larger cabs (though slightly more full than the Tri 115L). Very punchy, and slightly honky in the upper mids. Kind of 'peaky' in its response. Doesn't go very high (even compared to the other tweeterless cabs), and somewhat muffled sounding. Handles a low B pretty well, with some growl on both the B and E strings. Sounds kind of like a smaller HT115 with the tweeter turned off. This model has been discontinued.

Bergantino HT115 - This cab has been my 'go to' 1x15 for some time. It is the most full sounding of the bunch, and has the most power through the lows and low mids. It's punchy and articulate, but somewhat darker in tone than most of the others. Generally very well balanced from top to bottom, but not as upper mid present as some of the others. The tweeter offers nice, bright high end, and it sounds very 'connected' to the woofer. Even the high notes are backed by a sense of fullness. The HT115 is not the 'prettiest' of the bunch played solo, but it dials up beefy fullness, and punchy articulation, with a nice tweeter layered on top. This model has been discontinued.

Epifani T/UL-115 - First off, I need to be clear about this cab. It started life as a T-115, and the previous owner replaced the ceramic driver with a UL series neo 15" (which, I believe, is a B&C driver). In all other respects, though (wood, tuning, crossover), it is a T-115. This obviously means that it is likely not entirely representative of how a UL-115 (or T-115, for that matter) might perform. But, with that caveat aside, I thought I'd share my thoughts on it anyway. It has a similar 'growliness' to the Tri 115L (could it be a 'neo thing'?), and is very similar in the low end to the Accugroove. It is also somewhat darker than the Tri 115L, and sounds kind of like a cross between the Tri and the HT115, though it is not quite as dark/full/punchy as the Berg, and not as smooth/open as the Tri 115L. The mids are more open sounding then the HT115's, but the high end on the two is very similar. It is not nearly as full as the HT115 on the low B, and kinda runs out of energy as you drop below the E (not terribly so, but comparatively so). This cab definitely has great potential for a 'slap cab', with a nice 'woody' and 'airy' high end snap.

Glockenklang Tedd - This cab is super articulate through the mids, and very aggressive. The high end is brighter than that of the Tri 115L, but doesn't have the same sheen as the HT115 or T/UL-115 - though the high end is really incredible for not having a tweeter. Very full and punchy, on the whole, but not as full on the low end as the HT115 (it might be, though, if laid on its side - which I did not do). The HT115 has more low mid punch, but the Glock has more upper mid punch (only the Skjold cab has more upper mids). Has a sense of 'effortless articulation' that reminds me of the Berg IP153 (maybe the secret is in the midrange drivers?). The low B response seems slightly stronger than the low E response. Great balance of fullness, articulation, punch, and clarity. This cab seems very loud for its 100 dB sensitivity rating. This model has been discontinued.

Orange OBC-115 - This cab was a bit of a surprise, as I had mostly just played it with the matching 4x10 and the AD200 head. I was really amazed at what a great stand alone cab it makes. Very full, very strong, very tight low B. Great articulation and growl on the low B. Not quite as full on the low B as the HT115, but closer than any other cab, and more articulate and controlled. I found myself just pounding away on the low B for the sheer joy of it. On the E-A strings, it was again not quite as full as the HT115 (and not as close as it was on the low B), and again more aggressive and articulate than the Berg. There is no tweeter (and no tweeter sheen), but it offers very impressive high end information, all things considered. It is not as dark sounding as the newer Trace cab, but more balanced, more articulate, and more powerful. On the whole, the competitor that most closely matches its performance is the older Trace 1153.

Skjold/Dr. Bass 115 - This cab was produced as a result of Pete Skjold looking into have a line of cabs built, and then teaming up with Marc Serio (Dr. Bass) to create an idea Pete had for a 3-way 1x15 design (which, FWIW, Pete had dreamed up prior to the introduction of the Tri 115L). This cab is not one of the more full sounding 1x15's, but it is one of the most aggressive and articulate. Compared to the Tedd, it is not as present through the low to middle mids, but it is even more aggressive in the upper mids. It has a somewhat similar low end response to the Accugroove/Epifani, but not as growly, and a tad bit more 'stout.' Please note, this cab was the lone 4 ohm model of the group, and I did do my best to correct the gains (by ear - sorry, technical types ) so that the cabs were playing at similar volumes. This model, or one similar to it, may be available through Dr. Bass.

Trace Elliot 1153 - As mentioned above, this cab was rather similar in overall performance to the Orange, and in fact, it was more similar to the Orange than it was to the newer Trace 1x15. It is not quite as full on the lows as the Orange, but has even better high end information and detail, and in some regards seemed even more articulate through the mids. Actually, on the whole, the overall midrange fullness and articulation is very similar between this cab and the Orange is very similar, but they each have their own character. Furthermore, the midrange articulation actually comes close to that of the Glock, which I found impressive considering it is a full-range design. Compared to the Epifani, the 1153 was more full in the lows, and more articulate and balanced through the mids. Compared to the newer Trace 1518C, the 1153 is more articulate and aggressive, and the 1518C is more dark (though not necessarily more 'warm'). The new Trace also seemed more 'peaky' compared to the nicely balanced 1153. Like the Orange, I just found myself not wanting to stop playing though this cab. It's truly impressive as a stand alone, and two of them sound great as well. For the pittance these go for on the used market, I'd say it's a great bang for the buck cab. This model has been discontinued.

Trace Elliot 1518C - As mentioned, above, the 1518C is not a carbon copy of the older 1153, and definitely has its own sound. It is very full down low, but sounds somewhat uneven in its response. It is very punchy, and bigger sounding that the Mini15, but not as focused. It has more low end fullness and power than the Tri 115L, but not as much as the HT115. I can't avoid feeling like this cab is really meant as a 'supporting cab' to be teamed up with a 2x10 or 4x10, as opposed to a stand alone.

In summary, I was honestly very impressed with all of these cabs. I know, I know, I tend to like everything, but please keep in mind, I am already working with gear that I liked well enough to buy. As I see them, these cabs fell into two overlapping categories. First, there is the 'tweeter versus no tweeter' thing, which is blurred somewhat by the impressive midrange of the Tedd. The HT115 and T/UL-115 definitely have the most sparkle of the group, and the Skjold/Dr. Bass cab probably has equal high end, but since it also has a tremendous amount of upper midrange presence, the highs don't seem to stand out quite as much. Some of the non-tweetered cabs had truly exceptional 'high end' articulation and detail (I still don't know just how the Orange and 1153 do this), while others were more limited in upper frequency extension (like the Mini15 and 1518C).

Second, there seems to be at least two different design goals at work here, with some cabs being designed with a goal of stand alone use, and others seeming to be destined for use with a second, complimentary, cab. The Mini15 is probably the most clear example of this second design goal. I suspect that it was intended primarily to serve as part of a two cab combo, in conjunction with one of the other 'Mini' cabs (the Mini48 makes an especially good pairing). Similarly, the 1518C is not the best of the bunch on its own, but it definitely seems more at home when used with the 1028H 2x10. Then there are the cabs which seem to do well in both 'stand alone' mode and as a supporting role (the Accugroove, Berg, Epi, Glock, Orange, and 1153 seem to fit this category).

This shootout more than any other I have done leaves me feeling like I am dealing with a number of highly capable cabs, and I can think of scenarios where pretty much any of them would be ideal. There was also quite a lot of variety in the tone and response of these various 1x15's, leading me to believe that this form factor is more flexible than some (myself included) may have believed. In appropriate circumstances, I can see where some would make good stand alone cabs, and I can also see where two 1x15's would offer a killer 'mini big rig.' And then again, there is the traditional 1x15/2x10 (which I am definitely digging right now) or 1x15/4x10 combos.

Going into this shootout, I was already a '15's kinda guy' in many regards, and I think that at the end of it all, I have even more respect for what a 1x15 can do.

More to follow, I am sure.

Thanks for putting up with my ranting (again).