1 Proteus 1 year ago Not thinning the herd, mind you - which I should do. (In fact, anyone got a hanker for a nice MusicMan RD65-112? Silvertone 1484 and 2-12 cab? 80s Fender Concert?)And it's not about being practical and going light; I already have a 1-12 Tech21 Trademark 60 which, at 36 lbs, isn't a heavyweight. And even my default "main amp," the Classic 30, is only 39 lbs.It's not about going cheap, either; I have all the gear I need. One of the challenges of my golden years is thinking of stuff to want. That doesn't mean I want to blow money, or that I need the most expensive option imaginable; it just means this will all be new expenditure, and is not undertaken to save a buck.This is mostly about trending futuristic to a tiny tiny 3 lb amp (or maybe two, I'm all stereo). I think any number of us are old enough for a 3 lb amp to sound like a good thing. Even in my hermetic isolation, I've become aware of the many small, very light high-powered amps meant either for jazz-clean playing (yeah right) or as a pristine palette for pedals - most of which can be pedalboard-mounted.Since I'm already fascinated by Quilter's compact and capable amps, I'm pretty decided on the Quilter MicroBlock 45, which is the size of a single-wide Boss pedal - and by all reports, punches like a 30-50 watt tube amp.My primary burden at a gig is carrying the pedalboard in and out anyway, because yes I'm that guy (make your judgment and move on) - so another 6 lbs wouldn't make much difference there. (Two MB45s, see, for stereo.)We can all see where the dilemma lay: speaker cabs.Which is what I came here to ask about. While I've used 2-12 cabs with heads in the past (we used to call them "piggyback"), I've been an open-back combo player for years. I'm comfortable with that format; it fills the stage nicely, blooms nicely if well placed near walls, and does the job out front for my purposes.I'm good with 10" speakers, though in a small open-back combo package I miss the bottom (I'm sure listeners don't); I love to luxuriate in a single 15" setup - but by default, and for the safest intersection of sound and practicality, I gravitate to 1-12 combos.Since the point of this experiment is how light I can make my rig (except for the pedal disease), I'm wondering how I'd do with 10s - but still thinking 12 may be the default. Since I've never used small extension cabinets, what am I looking for here? How big do the cabs have to be? Still open-backed? Partially closed? Sealed? Who builds these things?And howbout those neodymium speakers? I have no pre-conceptions or particular speaker biases. I like speakers that sound good.I'm imagining picking up a pair of cabs with one finger each and giggling as I carry them in - then wrestling in the pedalboard, running speaker cables to the cabs, and being done.So: the lighter the better - but not to the point of sounding light.Any advice?