Bass playing friends - I am in a quandry. My main rig is an Ampeg PF-500 (the best $400 a bass player can spend in my opinion) played through a 410HLF classic cab. Sound is great I finally achieved a tone that I am happy with after 30 years. However, I still am dealing with the 110 lb monster even when playing smaller rooms which is what my band plays most of the time (www.RockBoxBand.com). The challenge of a bigger rig (not gi-normous, I understand) was illustrated to me this past weekend when we played a place so small my mic stand was positioned between my drummers cymbal stands and the head of my bass was over his ride cymbal the whole night. While this is far from the norm, it is not that terribly out of the question. So, I brought my Ampeg VR-Micro and SVT-R 210 cab to the gig and was underwhelmed with the tone for the room. The Micro was a little thin for my liking. Recently I played a Markbass 210 Combo the CMD 102P and loved everything about it. I was totally blown away - from the tone to the size to the weight. I am seriously thinking about getting one. However, I do love my PF-500 and you cant do much better (I think) for the size and weight. So it seems a little silly to spend as much on a combo But, I also feel that if I get the Markbass I can use that combo more simply and easily in many (almost all) of the bars we play. So heres where I am and would love your opinions on this: 1. Keep the PF-500 /410HLF rig and buy a Markbass combo. Ill have two great set ups but be living in the world of too much gear (if there is such a place!). In these economic times this option seems wasteful as bass playing is a part-time job at best. In reality its a hobby that pays for beer money a few times a month. 2. Buy a lightweight 210 that performs better than the Micro and can handle the PF-500, like a Markbass 210 or some other (please recommend). 3. Sell the PF-500, buy the Markbass combo and use it to drive my 410 occasionally when I need a bigger boom. 4. Sell the Ampeg rig altogether, get the Markbass combo and 115 or 210 extension cab and go all Markbass and save my back. What do you guys think? The Markbass combo I believe will handle 90% of the gigs my band plays.