I play in a blues band in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Last weekend, we opened for blues guitarist Ronnie Baker Brooks at a local club called the Cabooze. It's a decent sized club, it has a capacity of 500 people and probably 350 people (my guesstimates) were there. Usually, I would have used my Ampeg B2 4 X 8" combo and a 1 X 15" JBL loaded cabinet. Unfortunately, I knocked off the master volume control and the Ampeg was in the shop. Knowing that the club has a decent PA and good techs and that I'd be running direct, I decided, "What the hell, I'll bring my silverface Bassman 50 and the 1 X 15" cabinet." When we were setting up for the soundcheck and I was connecting the amp, Ronnie's bass player came over and asked what I was using and I told him. He said, "Man, I sure wish I could get by with a Bassman 50 and a single 15." He had an impressive Eden rig with 2 4 X 10" cabinets. My response was, "I have a DI box, I'll get by." After our soundcheck, he came over to me with a big grin on his face and asked, "Hey...do you want to sell me that Bassman 50?" All I could do was smile and say, No time soon!" The show went well and nobody had a problem hearing me. I don't know if there's a lesson here or not, but I do know you don't always need to lug along a big rig to get a big sound.