Just curious to see if anyone else out there performs without any amp on stage. Since 1998, other than an occasional fill in gig, I have been using only in ear monitors for live performance. Two out of the remaining four bandmates also use in ears. Though not the same as using an amp, I find I play much cleaner, strain much less while singing, and last but not least, leave out or turn down the things I want to hear less of. The sound tech also loves the fact there is no amp bleed from stage. We constantly get comments on how well you can hear everything in the foh mix. My signal chain consists of bass-- Boss TU-2 tuner--Sans Amp bass DI. Shure PSM 600 wireless in ear system with custom fit earmolds. ALL of my gear (w/o bass of course) fits in a small handheld travel bag. Total time to set up or tear down, less than 2 minutes. No more sore back, or throat, and most of all min. amount of noise hangover. I went to this system mainly for relief from severe tinnitus. I never realized all the other associated benefits! We are fortunate to have the new Crest Audio XRM for mixing the monitors. Since the board provides 6 discreet stero mixes, and the guitar and keys both run stereo, my personnal mix is nothing short of amazing. I don't know if I could ever do without this type of setup again.= SPOILED!!