Perhaps the ultimate sleeper, the Aviator Ultralight Eight might rank highest in the power versus portability ratio. Don't underestimate this little guy. It keeps up with most 40-60 watt 12" tube amps easily and has enough low end to leave you slack jawed in awe. The Aviator “ultralight” is a fully enclosed cabinet with an 8" high output full range driver. It is in a word a breath-taking tone and power that will keep on surprising you day after day, gig after gig.
Many reviews and testimonials directly compare Quilter amps to tubes, rightfully so, but they are simply great amps that stand on their own -- no comparison needed. The Aviator 8 is simple, no nonsense, tone-filled combo. The "Quilter Sound" is exactly what I look for in every amp: a solid base of clean tone with the ability to dial in usable grit and bite. There are two true pioneers of instrument amplifier design: Leo Fender and Pat Quilter. Why 4 stars? The reverb is less than stellar. It sounds like a hiss has been added to the tails. This was supposedly addressed in the Aviator Gold 8. If so, that amp would get a five star review from me. Regardless, it's a strong 4 stars.