Well, I was in need of a power amp and was considering my options. I usually run direct and have a good monitor mix on stage so I do not require an amp for most of my gigs. I have a Pearce BC-1 and a Sonic Maximizer in a Gator rack bag which works and sounds great. When I do need some extra stage monitoring, I have an Acoustic 450, or an old Sunn Coliseum Slave with either a Joe's 15 or Avatar 212. Well, my band has some higher profile gigs coming up, some of which are outdoors. Plus, we were serving as the host band for an awards show yesterday where I had to supply the bass amp that two other bands would be playing through. I was going to use my Sunn, but even though it sounds good, it is over 30 years old and could have some more power. I was thinking of getting a Stewart Audio 1.2 and putting it in my 3-space rack with the Pearce. I figured it is only 11 pounds, so no big deal if I'm always dragging it around, even to gigs where I did not need it. The only problem, I didn't have $600 handy to buy one in time. So, crunch time. It is now Saturday and I am unsure of what amp to use. I'm tempted by a certain Chinese made German brand that will go nameless here, simply for the price/power issue. However, GC is the nearest retailer that would have it, and I have this gnawing feeling that I'll hate myself in the morning if I bought one. I decide to go to one of the local single store music shops who do a lot of PA rental business, figuring I'll rent a power amp for the show. I get to the store, and in front of their small display of PA speakers is a stack of QSC amps. A PLC1602, RMX850, RMX2450 and a RMX3200 (?). I notice the specs on the side of the RMX850 that it does bridge to 4 ohms at 830 watts (my Avatar is 4ohm). I have seen the 850 discussed favorably here and I know a number of TB'rs have one. Then I relize that it is $299 with a 6 year warranty, and figure, no way to go wrong. Well, to sum up a long post, I bought the QSC, used it for the show Sunday, was surprised and relieved to find out that the sound man was not going to mike or take a DI from the amps and use only stage volume. The show was at the Palace Theater in Manchester, NH, which is a medium sized venue. We did our soundcheck as was told I had to turn down! The Pearce volume was at 3! I then settled in and watched the first band play, their bassist playing an Onyx Bongo (sweet!) through my rig, and it sounded great! Glad to report that I am happy with my rig for at least a week now!