Long (awesome) post alert! Edit to add that this MIGHT need to be in the amp section... So, I've read a zillion posts so far with DI and combo amp recommendations, however I was hoping to get some feedback regarding my specific rig from those in the know. I am in NYC and do not have a head or a cab yet because the studios we practice in always have amps and the clubs we have played so far have had amps as well. Some clubs have both a head and a cab, some have just a cab, and some (most) have nothing. So, my plan is to buy a head and a DI box OR a combo. Ideally, when I can use my own head I will do that, otherwise I would bring a DI box since I just don't have room in my apt to store a head AND a cab. I would also like to get feedback on combo amps, however I have the preconceived (whether right or wrong) idea that they will not be ballsy enough for what I want. We play current rock that is heavily influences on classics like The Beatles, Zeppelin, Motown, Stones, etc. So in other words, sometimes we are heavy like Dazed and Confused-ish, and other times I am driving the band with a great clean tone ala Jamerson. My current set up is a 2012 American P-Bass with a Diamond Bass Compressor and a JHS Low Drive. Regardless of amp/di result, I would like to be able to still use my pedals. 90% of the time I play with a thick pick. We are a 4 piece and the bass is very much front and center with the 2 guitars for pretty much every song. If I am going to get a head, I can wait a little bit and play many around here to see what I like and in the meantime get a DI box for upcoming gigs. If a combo makes the most sense though that is a different story. If it is a combo it needs to be under 50 lbs since I will be lugging it around the city . So, question 1 - are there quality combo amps under 50 lbs or so that can give me a true thumping P Bass sound and still have my pedals do their thing? Or, will I be sacrificing my tone a lot with a combo amp? All clubs around here would mic the amp. Question 2 (my ideal result for ease of travel) - if I do not get a combo then my immediate need turns to a good DI box. I am looking for one that can give me a great 'warm' clean P Bass tone. I don't need to rely on any drive because I have my pedals. Which also means it needs to play well with pedals before it! I have read good things about the SansAmp Para Driver, the Tone Hammer and a lot of Radial boxes. If any one would like to know more specifics just let me know! Thanks in advance for all the opinions...this forum rocks!