Pics first as usual So after a few months of not having a decent rig I decided it was time to fix that. Ended up spotting a deal on a used Hilbish Beta preamp & a Crown XLS1500. The Hilbish isn't even a year old and the Crown is an older model but was brand new in the box & about $200 less than the cheapest one I could find online. The cab is a relatively rare '68 Sunn off set 4x12 that I got for cheap almost a year ago because the seller thought it had a blown speaker (it didn't. The soldering had just broken loose). The original 12" Sunn transducers were only rated for 40 watts & sound like ass so I swapped em out with some swamp things. And of course my trusty T60 had to make its way into the shot. Impressions: Since I basically started over & built this rig from the ground up I haven't really been able to A/B it with anything else, but it all sounds amazing. The Hilbish preamp sounds dead up like an old Sunn Beta but with pretty much no hum or hiss. It's 2 identical channels that run in parallel so they can be ran separately or combined via the foot switch. Each channel has its own loop with access to both as well as the master output on the front and the back. It can be used with pretty much any power amp as well as into an interface with a cab sim straight into a DAW (really excited about that option). The Crown is my first power amp. I've heard people say that class D power amps "just aren't as loud as A/B" but idk. After a couple days running the Hilbish into just one channel pushing 525 watts I gotta call bullshit on that. This is the first set up I've had that's caused a physical sensation in my head that made my brain say "hey you should probably turn it down a bit" and it wasn't even close to clipping. Aside from that I'm really glad I scored the crown as it really is a utilitarian piece of gear. Me or my band mate can run our harsh noise rigs, samplers, keyboards, mixers, etc. Into it and it won't color the signal. We usually use a Peavey musician mk4 for that but it's kind a lacking in volume for that and it colors the tone to much. Can't really say much about the swamp thangs just yet. They're speakers. The don't sound muddy or harsh & they push alot of air. That's pretty much all I ask for from a speaker so I can't complain.