Everyone talks about the Sunn Coliseum Rig that Leslie used, but to get the sound of the Live recording on Flowers of Evil, Leslie went with what Jimi Hendrix was trying to achieve when he had the same dilemma as West did when using just the straight Sunn Coliseum setup. Sounds confusing, but to clear this up, when i saw the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1968, Hendrix used a combination of Fender Dual Showman heads and bottoms along with the Sunn Coliseum and then Marshall. It sounded drop dead KILLER!!! Looked like he was happy with that setup till Jim Marshall set him up to use Marshall exclusively. Sunn was already pissed at Jimi for always having to repair their equipment, this is why the Sunn line was dropped from 14 months instead of the signed 3 year original contract. Mountain received all of the Experience's equipment. For some strange reason, Fender didn't even endorse Jimi, and he was playing a STRAT!!! Leslie has made it public that the 100% Sunn Coliseum fell short of overall performance---"Great for Leads, but muddy for Chords". This is when he reverted to the 68' Hendrix setup. Here is the Live Flowers of Evil setup--1. 50watt Marshall w/1.Dumble Marshall bottom w/8 10'' greenbacks. #2. Sunn Coliseum P.A. head w/one 4x12'' Eminence Speakers bottom. #3 Fender Twin Reverb w/2-12''Altec Lansings. This move to this rig is roughly around late 1970/early 1971. I saw Mountain at the Eastown Theatre (Detroit) right after the Flowers of Evil album was out and they were touring to promote it. This is the same Rig he used at the Eastown. I always sat in the balcony with Military Field binoculars!!! If you listen to that album/cd, that sound that West achieved still holds water!!! Those Thunderous Chords are a direct result of the mating of those 3 amps/speakers together. I hope this clears things up a bit. Leslie then went to Jimi's other setup--100% Full Tilt Marshall. At the Cinderella Ballroom(Detroit), with West Bruce & Laing, West used 3 Full Marshall Stacks, while Jack Bruce(R.I.P.) used 2 full Marshall Stacks. Then it was at the Masonic Temple(Detroit) that the Wild 'West' Show started using Stramp amps out of Germany. Leslie used 3 Full stacks in Red Tolex/ Stramps. He was sponsored by Stramp with a Leslie West line, but that didn't last long because those amps were SUPER EXPENSIVE in 74-75. I know this personally because i went the next day to inquire about those unknown amps at Joe Massiminoes(Detroit) and Joe said ..."ARE you Crazy!!! Those Stramps have to be imported from Germany and they are 2-1/2 times the cost of a Marshall 71' plexi / plus shipping!!! You think that Sunn Coliseum P.A. is a rare amp? Try finding a 100watt Stramp or even a 200watt!!! Another interesting Note--haha, Leslie used LaBella flat wound strings for a very long time--an old New York company for many years. Picks were always thin, not heavy, for the attack. Well...hope that clears things up kiddies---Later. P.S. Oh, by the way, None of this is internet Romper Room speculation--i was at almost every concert Leslie West /Mountain ever performed at in the Detroit area in the past 44 years.