It's 4 lbs, delivers 500W at 4 ohms, is freaking loud and incredibly punchy and percussive, and has a great-sounding drive circuit that can give a sort of growly Ampeg flavor. Say hello to the Aguilar Tone Hammer 500!
When they first gave me the shipping box, I did a double take as I thought it was empty. This thing really is that light.
Made in Manhattan too!
The Eden is more old school clean; the Aguilar can do modern to overdriven. Great complementary flavors.
I love my Eden, but I wanted a different, more aggressive "flavor" and I figured I might as well check out something a little local too. I tried a few Markbass units (meh), the TC Electronic RH750 (out of my price range, but nice), the Genz Benz Streamliner 900 (drive was a little fizzy, sounded nice, but very similar to my Eden in terms of overall tonality) and finally the Aguilar. This thing has a very punchy, aggressive sound and will give some real grind if you turn the Drive control up.
The semi-parametric mids are really nice too, and it just sounds fantastic. Not sure about putting the FX loop on the front of the amp (especially since it's a line level loop designed to work with rack gear and not pedals) but I don't have anything that I put in there anyway. For grab and go, it's hard to beat; sounds great with both bass and electric cello, although I prefer the Eden's more comprehensive EQ with the cello.