Has anyone ever played with a bass player who just feels its completely unneeded for him to have any kind of amp ? I mean an amp on stage. He plugs into the pa direct, and feels that he doesnt need to have any kind of amp on stage, and its hard to hear him on stage unless he is the loudest thing in the house mix, or unless we put him in the monitors, and he would have to be the loudest thing in the monitors. Im just not getting the opposition to having some kind of amp on stage for stage volume purposes. I understand bass is not really directional, but it doesnt travel backwards (from the pa to us) very well, at least in my opinion. Am i being a dickhead, or is this normal? I really feel he needs something on stage. Ive never seen a band that didnt actually, but maybe im just stupid? Im sure with a big enough situation (rush for instance) they have enough budgeted for monitors, it really doesnt matter. If the drummer cant hear him, how do they lock in solid and tight?