My 3 piece was to play Xmas tunes for a Santa and kids meeting at our local community center. The reception area is very large with 50ft ceilings and all glass window/walls with tile floors. Since no drums were involved I usually bring only one Hartke 2x10 cab but I was lazy since we were to play for only an hour, what the hell, I bought my Ibanez M35 1x10 practice amp.. 35 watts mind you, not the Hartke LH500. As we were tuning up, I plugged in my new non-active Rickenbacker 4003 which I never used with this amp and I could hardly hear my bass. I usually set the volume at 5 for the active Fender, now I had to turn it up to about 8 out of 10 thinking it would totally fart out. Boy was I surprised. It sounded full and non distorted even from different areas of the room. I was quite pleased with this amp in a large setting as we have only two guitars and they rely on the bass to fill in the gaps and it did. Now my question is why did this little amp with only one 10in speaker sound so good in such a large area? Is bigger not necessarily better? Sorry for such a long winded story.