I recently played a gig at a local club and the sound guy was VERY picky (which is a good thing). (I should add that a somewhat new thing for me is that ALL of the clubs hereabouts have their own rather elaborate sound systems.) Anyway, we get fired up for the first set, the mix sounds good to my ears, and about halfway through the set, the sound guy is waving at me that the bass is WAY too loud. Now, I don't usually play real loudly; so, this was a little confusing. I end up turned down almost to the point that I can't hear the bass at all. I'm thinking ***. So, between sets I get together with the guy, and he says " yeah, you're playing so loud that it is making the stage floor vibrate." Well, this is one of those flimsy club stages and I'm thinking, "Ok, welcome to live music moron." But, then he says "the problem is that the bass gets into the mics up front and muddies the vocal mix. If I can hear the bass at all in the vocal mix, the sound will be muddy." That actually made sense. So I said "OK, can you bring the bass up in the monitors?" He says "no problem." To make an already too long story not any longer, I end up with the bass barely driving my cabs, and mostly coming out of the monitor. And, yup, it sounded really clear. All of which makes me wonder about the role of the amp at all. For that situation, what is wanted is the best DI you can get and the most portable small cab possible. Hell, maybe none at all! Have any of the rest of you run into this situation? Makes me wonder why I'm dragging all the amplifier gear around.